IAP: Statement on Synthetic Biology

8 May 2014

IAP - the global network of science academies - today issued a statement on ‘Realising Global Potential in Synthetic Biology: Scientific Opportunities and Good Governance’.

In the statement, IAP highlights the different areas in which researchers are currently working with synthetic biology – for example, producing less expensive pharmaceuticals and other high-value chemicals, and next-generation biofuels. In the near future, synthetic biology will likely also find applications in biomedicine, agriculture, land and water decontamination, biosensing, new materials, nano-machines, and even in novel approaches to information processing.