Synthetic Biology Ethics at iGEM: iGEMer Perspectives

Trends Biotechnol. 2018 Oct;36(10):985-987. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2018.06.004. Epub 2018 Jul 7.


The Human Practice (HP) work of the international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition can serve as a great example of integrating ethical considerations into synthetic biology research. By highlighting three independent perspectives from those involved in various aspects of iGEM, here we aim to provide an informative picture of how ethical issues are approached within the iGEM competition.

Keywords: ethics; human practice; iGEM; synthetic biology.

MeSH terms

  • Genetic Engineering / ethics*
  • Humans
  • Synthetic Biology / ethics*