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Upcoming Meetings

Thursday Sept 15th 6:30-8:30pm at UCSF Byers Hall Rom 313

Please RSVP to mjpalmer@stanford.edy by Wednesday at 4pm to make sure we have sufficient food.


1. Film Viewing and Discussion (During Dinner): "Hypothetical Risk: The Cambridge City Council Hearings on Recombinant DNA Research"

This fascinating video, recorded in 1976, occurs three years after the scientific community raised concern about the safety of recombinant DNA experiments and one month after the NIH issued guidelines to regulate recombinant DNA work. The cambridge city council is meeting with scientists (including Maxine Singer, Mark Ptashne and Jon King) to discuss consequences of the guidelines for the community and surrounding laboratories and to consider additional resolutions and actions the city might take to ensure the safety of its citizens. We are planning to use this footage for a new film project on biological safety/risk, so your comments will be very helpful! (

2. Syn Bio Practices Leadership Bootcamp/Workshop Discussion & Planning

The BioBricks Foundation (BBF) is interested in co-sponsoring a spring/summer intensive 'bootcamp' course designed to teach and engage practitioners in the broader societal context of developments in synthetic biology and foster leadership in advancing responsible practices. 'Graduates' from the bootcamp would be invited to participate in subsequent workshops organized by the BBF focused more narrowly on topics such as IP, Standards, Ethics and Communications.

This evening, we will brainstorm and discuss (1) curriculum components (topics/case studies), (2) formats, and (3) deliverables (white papers etc) for the bootcamp . Our goal is to frame the proposal and divide it into sections we can pursue individually or in small groups. This is a great opportunity for us to work together on a concrete project that will help both us and others start to address the gaps we have explored during our previous meetings.

From your email responses, gaps lists, and previous discussions, I am collecting a growing seed list of ideas for the workshop on the wiki:

In preparation for Thursday, please: - review the wiki site (and edit at will!): - bring your ideas for preferred topics, case studies, invited guests and deliverables (as many as possible, the more non-obvious the better!)

Other Meetings

Members of the group will be meeting during the [SynBERC Fall Retreat]

Future Invited Guests (Dates TBA):

  • Nita Farahany, Member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and Visiting Professor at Stanford Law
  • Chris Anderson, UB Berkeley Professor and SynBERC PI

Mailing and Members Lists

New Google Group created [here]. Please request an invitation.

Please add yourself to the Members page.

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