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A broad coalition of civil society groups will release a declaration of recommended principles for governing the rapidly emerging field of synthetic biology during a phone briefing for journalists at 11:00 a.m. EDT. The report suggests a way forward for ensuring effective assessment and oversight of the field’s risks to worker and pubic health, the environment and social justice.

Participants include:

  • Jaydee Hanson, Policy Director at the International Center for Technology Assessment, will introduce the principles and the need for precaution
  • Dr. Stuart Newman, Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy at New York Medical College and board member of the Alliance for Humane Biotechnology, will discuss the scientific uncertainty behind synthetic biology
  • Becky McClain, biotechnology whistleblower and Injured Workers National Network, will present synthetic biology’s worker safety and health risks
  • Silvia Ribeiro, Latin American Director for the ETC Group, will talk about the socio-economic risks associated with synthetic biology
  • Eric Hoffman, Food & Technology Policy Campaigner at Friends of the Earth U.S., will moderate

When: 11:00 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 13.

To participate: You can join this live tele-press conference (with full, two-way Q&A) by dialing into 1-800-944-8766 and providing conference code 81207. The teleconference is titled “Oversight of synthetic biology briefing.” You will be asked to tell the operator your name and affiliation.

 

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