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Appropriate Governance of the Life Sciences (11)
Governing Synthetic Biology

The appropriate risk governance concept, developed by the Innogen Centre, is enabling of innovation, minimises risk to people and the environment, and balances the interests and values of all relevant stakeholders. Synthetic biology is one important illustration of how rapid advances in the life sciences are opening up potentially important new applications in medicine and healthcare, agriculture, industrial chemistry and energy production. Credible, effective and appropriate governance systems are a key part of ensuring that the benefits of synthetic biology are realised while minimising risks.

This policy brief is based on a policy brief prepared for the International Risk Governance Council www.irgc.org