The Living Regulatory Challenges of Synthetic Biology

Author:Gregory N. Mandel & Gary E. Marchant
Position:Associate Dean for Research and Peter J. Liacouras Professor of Law at the Beasley School of Law, Temple University/Regents' Professor of Law

The rapidly emerging technology of synthetic biology will place great strain upon the extant regulatory system due to three atypical characteristics of this nascent technology: (1) synthetic biology organisms can evolve; (2) traditional risk structures do not apply; and (3) the conventional regulatory focus on end-products may be a poor match for novel organisms that produce products. This... (see full summary)

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