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Biotechnology is more than just a laboratory-based discipline. Synthetic biology requires philosophers, scientists, lawmakers and citizens to carefully consider the outcomes of work being done in the lab, as well as  its impact on patients, consumers and society in general. Safety, security, ethics, human rights, policy and law as it relates to synthetic biology innovations are all important topics of discussion in the field of human practices. 

The synthetic biology community is a vibrant and engaged group, with a diverse set of opinions. The vast majority are united in their goal of having the field understood by the public, and many practitioners of synthetic biology work hard to bring their research into the public limelight. A core tenet of human practices in synthetic biology is the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation.