Synthetic bio essay

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Synthetic biology has emerged only recently as an engineering discipline. At this point, the field has more potential than accomplishment. Some people see an incredible potential that includes cures for diseases, biosynthetic fuels and houses that are grown from gourds. Other people question the safety of a process that involves altering genomes. Your assignment is to investigate synthetic biology using the following resources:

What is synthetic biology?

How to Make Life

Life Reinvented

Our Synthetic Futures

Then write an essay in which you address this question:

Do the potential contributions to society warrant the potential risks inherent in synthetic biology?

As you write the essay be sure to:

  • Provide an overview of the field of synthetic biology.
  • Describe synthetic biology's potential benefits.
  • Describe synthetic biology's potential risks.
  • Take a stand on the issue and back up your arguments.


  1. Synthetic Biology and the High School Curriculum
  2. Lab 1
  3. Lab 1 teacher notes
  4. Lab 2
  5. Lab 2 teacher notes
  6. lab report rubric
  7. Synthetic bio essay
  8. Essay rubric
  9. Synthetic Biology in High School Resources
  10. National Science Engineering Standards