Summary and Conclusions

  • Alexander KelleEmail author


As synthetic biology has developed into one of the most dynamic areas of life sciences research, analysis of ethical, safety and security aspects of this emerging discipline has been pursued inter alia through the EU-funded SYNBIOSAFE project. This chapter draws together the key findings of the contributions to this edited volume and relates them to the SYNBIOSAFE priority paper that identifies key areas for a multi-level and multi-stakeholder discourse on the ethical and social implications of synthetic biology.



The author would like to thank Anna Deplazes, Huib de Vriend and Markus Schmidt for very useful comments on an earlier version of this chapter.


  1. Boldt J, Müller, O, Maio, G (2009) Synthetische Biologie. Eine ethisch-philosophische Analyse. Beiträge zur Ethik und Biotechnologie, 5. Bundesamt für Bauten und Logistik, BernGoogle Scholar
  2. Dando MR, Rappert, B (2005) Codes of Conduct for the Life Sciences: Some Insights from UK Academia. Bradford Briefing Paper No. 16 (2nd Series), Google Scholar
  3. IASB (2008) Report on the Workshop “Technical Solutions for Biosecurity in Synhtetic Biology”.
  4. Kelle A (2007) Synthetic Biology and Biosecurity Awareness in Europe, IDC, Vienna Google Scholar
  5. Pauwels E (2008) Trends in American+European Press Coverage of Synthetic Biology. Tracking the Last Five Years of Coverage. Wilson Center, Washington D.C., available at
  6. SYNBIOSAFE (2009) The Societal Aspects of Synthetic Biology: A Priority Paper. Systems and Synthetic Biology Journal, forthcomingGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of European Studies and Modern LanguagesUniversity of Bath, Claverton DownBathUK
  2. 2.Organistation for International Dialogue and Conflict Management (IDC), Biosafety Working GroupViennaAustria

Personalised recommendations