Community Engagement in New Directions: The Ethics of Synthetic Biology and Emerging Technologies

Learning Objectives

Students should be able to:

1. Discuss the importance of democratic deliberation as it relates to the development of synthetic biology and other emerging technologies.

2. Understand the guiding ethical principles for assessing emerging technologies and how they relate to the incorporation of synthetic biology technologies into society.

3. Discuss how public and community engagement can impact technological development in synthetic biology and other emerging technologies, and ways to address the challenges of public and community engagement.


Download module here.

Download the Background module on community engagement here.


Listen to "Episode 6: New Directions", an episode of Ethically Sounda podcast of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.



Ethically Sound Episodes

The Bioethics Commission has launched a new podcast series entitled Ethically Sound.  

Each podcast is playable direct online from the link(s) below or from SoundCloud, iTunes or the Ethically Sound Playlist on Youtube.  Follow the hashtag #EthicallySound for launch announcements.

Safeguarding Children

Ethics and Ebola

Anticipate and Communicate

Privacy & Progress

Gray Matters

New Directions

Moral Science

Ethically Impossible

Bioethics for Every Generation

Charting a Path Forward

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