12:00am

Thu December 19, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Today on Your Call: What’s the value of Biosynthetics?

  

On today's Your Call we’ll have a debate about the emerging field of synthetic biology. Biologists are now synthesizing everything from petroleum to vanilla – and the Bay Area is ground zero for the research. What are the implications of this kind of technology? Proponents say it will save natural resources and curb global warming. Opponents say it's an extreme version of genetic engineering and poses too many environmental and health risks. Where do you stand? Join the conversation on the next Your Call with Matt Martin and You.

Guests:

Jack Newman, chief science officer at Amyris, Inc., (AMRS) a renewable fuels and chemicals company in Emeryville, Ca

Eleonore Pauwels, public policy scholar with the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Dana Perls, food and technology campaigner with Friends of the Earth

Resources:

The Wilson Center: "The Molecular Economy: Can we avoid the perils while realizing the promises of manufacturing at an atomic scale?"

The Synthetic Biology Project

Friends of the Earth - Synthetic Biology

Friends of the Earth - No Synbio Vanilla

Amyris

BioCurious

ETC Group - Synthetic Biology

Environmental Leader: Proterro Patents Biosynthetic Sugar-Making Process

MIT News: MIT Center for Integrative Synthetic Biology receives five-year NIH grant

The Seattle Times: Biotech builds cells like you build an app

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