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A systemic separation of concerns: reflections on Synthetic Biology UK 2018

By Sophie Stone Last month, I attended the annual synthetic biology conference, Synthetic Biology UK 2018 (SBUK2018). For those unfamiliar with the field’s conference landscape, SBUK is an annual event positioned as “the premiere UK synthetic biology meeting”. It is … Continue reading

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The history of DNA synthesis – a workshop on history for Synthetic Biology and beyond

One way to give a history to something like synthetic biology is to reduce it down to a narrower collection of parts, and then produce a history of the origins and development of those parts. Each part that gets followed … Continue reading

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How to face the unknown: how the Convention on Biological Diversity can change its approach to scientific uncertainty

By Deborah Scott Next week, delegates to the scientific advisory body of one of the world’s largest environmental treaties, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), will gather in Montréal. If it is like most recent meetings of the Subsidiary Body … Continue reading

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An evil person’s guide to doing public engagement badly

A few weeks ago Deborah Scott and I were invited to participate in an interdisciplinary workshop organised by the Eastern ARC on synthetic biology and society. For my presentation I basically gave Claire Marris’ paper ‘The Construction of Imaginaries of … Continue reading

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What about the frogs?: Reflections on ‘Community and Identity in the Techno-Sciences’ workshop

Our post this month comes from Chris Mellingwood, a PhD student affiliated with and contributing to the Engineering Life project. You can contact Chris on c.r.mellingwood [at] sms.ed.ac.uk. The sight of un-melted dirty snow on an urban street may not seem … Continue reading

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Pablo Schyfter article, ‘A nature with their nature’, in LA+ issue on simulation

This month Dr Pablo Schyfter has featured in LA+ (Landscape Architecture Plus). You can find the full issue and Dr Schyfter’s article here. For those without access to this journal, we upload the final draft here. Schyfter, 2016, A nature … Continue reading

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Creation, Care and Complicity: exploring synthetic biology with the Golem

By Deborah Scott This post is a continuation of thoughts prompted by the Shuffle Festival. Other scholars more systematically consider the role of fiction and legends in how societies understand and seek to influence science and technology. If, like me, … Continue reading

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The Jurassic Park Effect: the stories we tell when deciding how to govern emerging science

By Deborah Scott. I recently took part in the Shuffle Festival, a 24 hour festival in London’s Mile End with the theme of “Gods + Idols + Lights.” In a glade nestled among tall trees and Victorian tombstones, the Shuffle … Continue reading

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‘Doing Engineering’: Engineering Life’s first workshop

This week Pablo Schyfter explains the motivations and outcomes of our first project workshop. On Friday, 3 June, 2016, the ‘Engineering Life’ project held the first of its experimental interdisciplinary workshops. These events form a crucial part of our project; they … Continue reading

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EVENT: Philosophy of biology meets social studies of biosciences. Perspectives on living organisms

Tuesday 24th May 2016 This workshop is sponsored by the ERC Consolidator grant Perspectival realism. Science, Knowledge, and Truth from a Human Vantage Point (PI: Michela Massimi, Philosophy, Edinburgh) in collaboration with colleagues in Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies at … Continue reading

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