Synthetic biology has the potential to be a major driver of industrial and economic development. As with any new emerging technology, the development of synthetic biology needs to be guided by Ethical, Legal and Societal Aspects (ELSA) of the field. WISB researchers are engaging with regulatory authorities, industry, academics, the wider public and other stakeholders to address this. Current ELSA research focusses on the legal framework for protecting intellectual property in synthetic biology and the role of art and design in engaging the wider community.
At WISB ELSA is about:
WISB supports a Research Career Development Fellow undertaking ELSA-related research.
WISB is committed to principles of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).
The WISB ELSA Lead is Dr Nicholas Lee.
Dr. Achim Rosemann (CES Research Fellow Life Sciences and Education) is working alongside Dr. Nick Lee to consider synthetic biology entanglement.
We see ethical, legal and social aspects of synthetic biology through the lens of ‘Entanglement’.
As Hillis (2015) suggests, while Enlightenment assumptions about research still hold sway, in reality Entanglement is a better frame. This means that:
In consequence three tensions: