Geoffrey Otim – Uganda Virus Research Institute

I would like to start by giving a million appreciation to BioBricks Foundation and Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security for the fellowship award they granted to me to go and attend the SB7 Synthetic Biology conference in Singapore. I would also like to thank these individuals who dedicated their time, sleepless nights, and efforts that made the Biosecurity program a success: Brian Schulz of BioBricks Foundation, Prof. Drew Endy of Standford University, Crystal Watson of the Center for Health Security,
and Elizabeth Cameron, to mention but a few.

Three possible biosecurity practices and policies that could help in minimizing the risks of synthetic biology research to the population and environment are:

  1. Synthetic biology should be subject to institutional review and oversight since some aspects of this field pose biosecurity risks;
  2. Oversight of dual use research should extend beyond the boundaries of life sciences and academia; and
  3. Outreach and education strategies should be developed that address dual use research issues and engage the research community that are most likely to undertake work under the umbrella of synthetic biology.

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Synbio Africa is a forum for researchers, students, citizen scientists, policy makers and the public at large to convene and develop successful pathways for the propagation of synthetic biology technologies, products and services throughout Africa.

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