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Risk in synthetic biology: views from the lab

McLeod, Carmen; Saille, Stevienna de; Nerlich, Brigitte

Authors

Carmen McLeod

Stevienna de Saille

Brigitte Nerlich brigitte.nerlich@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

How do synthetic biologists think about the risks in their research? This paper reports on a novel elicitation method that got surprising answers. Participants reflected not only on technical, but also on societal and psychological risks and responsibilities. Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), a governance framework supported by many policy makers in the EU and UK, aims to help ensure that societal, as well as technical risks, are addressed at an early stage. However, defining what those risks are is a complex process. We found that when synthetic biologists were allowed to define 'risk' according to their own concerns, they more often chose to explore social and systemic risks to themselves, to science, and to the purposes and motivations of their own research. We argue that RRI as a science governance framework, and synthetic biology as a science, both need to take the wider concerns of scientists in the field as seriously as other potential impacts of emerging technology.

Citation

McLeod, C., Saille, S. D., & Nerlich, B. (2018). Risk in synthetic biology: views from the lab. EMBO Reports, 19(7), https://doi.org/10.15252/embr.201845958

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 28, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 1, 2018
Publication Date Jul 1, 2018
Deposit Date May 25, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jun 1, 2018
Journal EMBO reports
Print ISSN 1469-221X
Electronic ISSN 1469-3178
Publisher EMBO Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 7
Article Number e45958
DOI https://doi.org/10.15252/embr.201845958
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/52025
Publisher URL http://embor.embopress.org/content/early/2018/06/01/embr.201845958
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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