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Reading Group: How Dangerous Are Advances in Biotechnology?

  • The Berkeley REACH 3045 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA 94705 United States (map)

This month we will be considering the perspectives of those who are skeptical that advances in biotechnology are especially dangerous.

In "Synthetic biology and biosecurity: challenging the 'myths'", Claire Marris and coworkers emphasize the importance of tacit knowledge while challenging the narrative that advances in biotechnology are especially dangerous.

Synthetic biology and biosecurity: challenging the "myths": https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpubh.2014.00115/full

Related Twitter conversation between Claire Marris and Drew Endy: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jDDJkBBSBtMSJdOsybG9soedtHJ0-hrp/view?usp=sharing

In "Anticipating emerging biotechnology threats: a case study of CRISPR", Kathleen Vogel and Sonia Ben-Ouagrham-Gormley emphasize the obstacles that a malevolent actor might face in attempting to weaponize CRISPR technology.

Anticipating emerging biotechnology threats: a case study of CRISPR: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1W_eVJmCmsNVoxuSyoCtxp4F6D1DeX6hV/view?usp=sharing

Dinner will be provided.

This takes place at REACH, the rationalist and effective altruism community hub. No need to call anyone to get in, just come to the front door and knock. This event is open to both people familiar with and new to thinking about biosecurity. It is baby-in-arms friendly, but not child-friendly.