Note: this section is under construction. For the time being we recommend taking a look at the fantastic work done by the iGEM Foundation on Human Practices in Synthetic Biology. Their work provides a clear overview of the basics, with examples and videos about how you can incorporate concepts of responsible research and innovation into your work.
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.