IntroductionCesagen's Paul Oldham and Stephen Hall publish interactive workbook entitled 'Synthetic Biology: Mapping the Scientific Landscape'
Cesagen's Paul Oldham and Stephen Hall, along with Geoff Burton of United Nations University, Yokohama have published an interactive, online, open-access tableau workbook on PLoS ONE. The article aims to inform upcoming debates being held by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in which synthetic biology will be considered a new and emerging issue. By focussing on the who, what, where and impacts of existing research on synthetic biology, the workbook maps the emergence of synthetic biology in time and space.One of the possibilities being discussed by the SBSTTA is whether to introduce a moratorium on the field release of synthetic organisms, genomes and components into the environment, with the potential risks to biodiversity a key consideration. By directly considering this moratorium, as well as making the data publicly available, the article will allow readers to be better informed about the key decisions which are set to take place.
To access the journal click on the workbook screenshot above or here.