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Ethics in synthetic genomics

Author(s): Lisa Scheifele

Loyola University Maryland

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This is an ethical reflection for students on an issue in genome engineering and the synthesis of potentially infectious viruses. The case study asks students to reflect on material in the linked article. Also included is the grading rubric.

Licensed under CC Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International according to these terms

Version 1.0 - published on 15 Aug 2019 doi:10.25334/EHSH-NB12 - cite this


Build a Genome Network (BAG) is a course-based undergraduate research experience in which students create synthetic genomes. Pioneered at Johns Hopkins University in 2007, BAG was integral to the international effort to create the first synthetic eukaryotic genome (the Synthetic Yeast Project) and helped initiate the teaching of synthetic biology to undergraduates. This interdisciplinary course-based research experience allows students to learn concepts and techniques in genomics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, and synthetic biology while participating in a cutting-edge research project.

For additional information please visit the BAG group on QUBES

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