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Upcoming Meetings

July 27th 6:30-8:30pm at Stanford

Please join us next Wednesday July 27th from 6:30-8:30pm at Stanford for the next Synthetic Biology Practices Working Group meeting. We will be joined by Drew Endy, who will share personal and pragmatic perspectives on shaping the practice of synthetic biology. We will then discuss how we might apply past lessons to addressing current challenges.

  • Time: Wednesday July 27th 6:30-8:30pm
  • Location: Stanford Y2E2 Building, 473 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA - Room 299 (Red Atrium, 2nd Floor) map
  • Dinner: kindly provided by SynBERC
  • RSVP to Megan Palmer at by Monday July 23rd at 2pm

Please pass this invitation along to others!

Guest Speaker

Title: Practical Perspectives on Programming the Practice of Synthetic Biology

Speaker: Drew Endy

Overview: Work and dreaming under the broad label "synthetic biology" stimulates and sustains many conversations regarding known or imagined outcomes. Rarely these conversations coalesce into an implicit or explicit (re)shaping of tools that prescribe or bias what is expected of individual or group actions. I'll use examples (e.g., DNA synthesis screening guidelines, RAC guidelines update, and property rights puzzles) to examine (i) what actors, relationships, and conditions shape the shaping of synthetic biology practice, (ii) how long it can take to make incremental progress in such work, and (iii) imagine what next steps might happen.

About the Synthetic Biology Practices Working Group (SBPWG) The SBPWG is a small but diverse group of synthetic biology community members interested in exploring how to positively and productively engage in issues surrounding the societal ramifications of synthetic biology. This group formed following discussions with students and postdocs at the 2011 Spring SynBERC ( retreat, but is open to anyone in the broader community interested in synthetic biology practices. More information can be found on our wiki: (

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