TranSTEP & synthetic biology in Germany

Synthetic biology is an emerging interdisciplinary domain that focuses on the design of biological parts and systems. Despite synthetic biology’s envisioned contribution in tackling various global challenges, there is a high degree of uncertainty regarding its potential impacts, benefits and risks. Germany in particular faces a challenging conflict in terms of policy making and regulations, showing large potential to develop synthetic biology but also with a general critical public opinion on genetic modification. Here, we briefly outline how TranSTEP – an approach that aims for integrating perspectives from different assessment domains and disciplines – might support assessment and decision making processes in the case of synthetic biology.

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