5 years ago

A transatlantic perspective on 20 emerging issues in biological engineering

Jennifer C Molloy, Joyce Tait, Linda Kahl, Rocco Casagrande, Nicholas G Evans, William J Sutherland, Malcolm Dando, Benjamin R Lichman, Rainer Breitling, Colette A Matthewman, Nicola J Patron, Edward Perello, Todd Kuiken, Richard Hammond, Laura Adam, Jim Haseloff, Eric Drexler, Rob Carlson, Christian R Boehm, Tom Ellis, Johnathan A Napier, Robert Doubleday, Seán S ÓhÉigeartaigh, Philip Shapira, Brett Edwards, Piers Millett, Catherine Rhodes, Bonnie C Wintle, Eriko Takano
Advances in biological engineering are likely to have substantial impacts on global society. To explore these potential impacts we ran a horizon scanning exercise to capture a range of perspectives on the opportunities and risks presented by biological engineering. We first identified 70 potential issues, and then used an iterative process to prioritise 20 issues that we considered to be emerging, to have potential global impact, and to be relatively unknown outside the field of biological engineering. The issues identified may be of interest to researchers, businesses and policy makers in sectors such as health, energy, agriculture and the environment.

Publisher URL: https://elifesciences.org/articles/30247

DOI: 10.7554/eLife.30247

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