Project Ethics



Our planned research activities, which involve engineering of cells with novel structures and functions, as well as multicellular self-organizing structures, raise bioethical concerns including the possibilities of release or unintended behaviors.   We take these concerns very seriously and are organizing a series of ethics workshops centered around the bioethics of biotechnology, with reference to the original Asilomar conference.   The goal of our ethics educational plan is to teach our students and researchers to view risk mitigation as a both a philosophical challenge of balancing risk versus benefit, as well as a research topic in its own right, rather than simply a list of rules for responsible conduct.