Why the Synthetic Cell Needs Democratic Governance

Michelle Habets, Hub A.E. Zwart, R. van Est

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Engineering synthetic cells from the bottom up is expected to revolutionize biotechnology. How can synthetic cells support societal transitions necessary to tackle our current global challenges in a socially equitable and sustainable manner? To answer this question, we need to assess socioeconomic considerations and engage in early constructive public dialogue.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Biotechnology
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 01 Dec 2020


  • synthetic cell
  • bottom up synthetic biology
  • democratic goverance
  • public participation


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