Synthetic Modeling of Life and CognitionIn recent decades researchers in various scientific domains have been working intensely on procedures directed to exploring life and cognition in a 'synthetic' way, i.e. through modeling in artificial systems ('made by humans'). In September a workshop at University of Bergamo.
di Redazione FGB, 19 Marzo 2013 Permalink
The Rise of the BiotechnosciencesThe RSA (The Renaissance Society of America) recently published a video and audio recording of Stephen and Hilary Rose debating 'The Rise of the Biotechnosciences'.
di Redazione FGB, 15 Marzo 2013 Permalink
23andMe Awarded Their First PatentFollowing on from my post about my attendance at the Architecture for Life conference at the Kennedy School of Government I would like to direct readers to a very interesting and informative article.
di Jonny Hankins, 2 Luglio 2012 Permalink
More Medical Patent ProblemsThe US Supreme Court recently ruled that that a personalized medicine dosing process is not eligible for patent protection because the process is effectively an unpatentable law of nature. This ruling could have wide reaching implications.
di Redazione FGB, 11 Aprile 2012 Permalink
Sustainable food provisioning, technology or trust?Dutch Scientists recently announced that they had grown artificial meat from stem cells in an experiment that they hope could provide an alternative source of meat food production for the planet.
di Redazione FGB, 5 Marzo 2012 Permalink
Planet of the ApesIf you find yourself at a loss for a Christmas present for a like-minded adult, might I suggest that you consider the new Planet of the Apes film, released last week on DVD and Blue Ray? It raises a lot of important ethical issues.
di Redazione FGB, 22 Dicembre 2011 Permalink
Deadly Monopolies by H. A. Washington, a book reviewWashington's book reveals how human life is becoming a subsidiary of the medical industrial complex. A book review followed by a review of related articles.
di Redazione FGB, 13 Dicembre 2011 Permalink
Cristina Grasseni at the Harvard STS CircleOn Monday 28th of November long time Bassetti Foundation collaborator Dr Cristina Grasseni chaired a seminar at The STS Circle (Science, Technology and Society), part of the Harvard Kennedy School in Boston.
di Redazione FGB, 2 Dicembre 2011 Permalink
iGEM Synthetic Biology World ChampionshipsIn this post we review the 2011 iGEM World Championship Jamboree and take a look back at articles published on this site that address the topic of synthetic biology.
di Redazione FGB, 15 Novembre 2011 Permalink
Is Citizen Science Coming of Age?In this post Jonny Hankins takes a look at a scientific breakthrough made by players of the online game 'Fold.it', and casts a glance at other citizen science projects.
di Redazione FGB, 10 Novembre 2011 Permalink
Prosthetic by choice?Following on from the arguments raised during the discussion with athlete Marta Milani, this article looks at some of the issues posed by advances in prosthetic technology, and the issue of a patient's choice to amputate a hand in order to have a prosthetic hand fitted.
di Redazione FGB, 25 Luglio 2011 Permalink
Home genetic testing and the lawAs a lead up to the presentation entitled that will be delivered by Margaret Curnutte here at the Bassetti Foundation in Milan on 16th May I would like to take a brief look at the way in which the legal community and governmental regulatory organizations view the problem of home genetic testing.
di Redazione FGB, 13 Maggio 2011 Permalink
The price of life of a premature babyOn Wednesday 9th March the BBC will air a documentary entitled 23 Week babies : The price of life in which director Adam Wishart addresses the problem of the cost involved in saving premature babies.
di Redazione FGB, 7 Marzo 2011 Permalink
The Genes and Patent issueReversing a longstanding policy, the federal government said on Friday that human and other genes should not be eligible for patents because they are part of nature...
di Redazione FGB, 8 Novembre 2010 Permalink
Biologia sinteticaA Roma il 15 aprile si terrà un convegno dal titolo "La biologia sintetica. Dal corpo bionico al post-umano, passando per la bioeconomia" a cura dell'European Centre for Science, Ethics and Law. Consigli di lettura.
di Redazione FGB, 29 Marzo 2010 Permalink
Home DNA Testing for all the FamilyOn 17th November 2009 home DNA testing kits went on over the counter sale for the first time in high street chemists in the UK. These kits allow the DNA testing of a child's paternity and involve the taking of saliva from both the child and the 'alleged father's' mouth (their terminology) and its analysis.
di Redazione FGB, 3 Dicembre 2009 Permalink
An Ethics For Emerging TechnologiesIn this article Jonny Hankins reviews a recent report entitled Ethical Issues in Synthetic Biology; a review of the debates, published by the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington DC.
di Redazione FGB, 24 Ottobre 2009 Permalink
An Introduction to Synthetic BiologyIn this the first in a series of posting, Jonny Hankins takes a look at a recent Royal Academy of Engineering report concerning synthetic biology.
di Redazione FGB, 22 Luglio 2009 Permalink