A transatlantic perspective on 20 emerging issues in biological engineering

Bonnie C Wintle, C Boehm, Catherine Rhodes, J Molloy, Piers Millett, Laura Adam, Rainer Breitling, Rob Carlson, Rocco Casagrande, Malcolm Dando, Robert Doubleday, Eric Drexler, Brett Edwards, Tom Ellis, Nicholas G Evans, Richard Hammond, James Haseloff, Linda Kahl, Todd Kuiken, Benjamin R LichmanColette A Matthewman, Johnathan Napier, Sean S Oheigeartaigh, Nicola J Patron, Edward Perello, Philip Shapira, Joyce Tait, Eriko Takano, William J. Sutherland

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Advances in biological engineering are likely to have substantial impacts on global society. To explore these potential impacts we ran a horizon scanning exercise to capture a range of perspectives on the opportunities and risks presented by biological engineering. We first identified 70 potential issues, and then used an iterative process to prioritise 20 issues that we considered to be emerging, to have potential global impact, and to be relatively unknown outside the field of biological engineering. The issues identified may be of interest to researchers, businesses and policy makers in sectors such as health, energy, agriculture and the environment.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2017

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research


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