More socio-technical assessments of synthetic biology to inform security deliberations

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This paper discusses the problems with relying on a biotech revolution framework to understand the development and diffusion of synthetic biology. The paper then suggests an alternative framework that involves a more evolutionary understanding of how biotechnologies develop and suggests new micro- and macro-level case studies for further inquiry. This proposed research agenda will better elucidate the socio-technical factors that can shape whether/how state or non-state actors may acquire, develop, and deploy synthetic biology for harm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-87
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Responsible Innovation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • biotech revolution
  • socio-technical
  • synthetic biology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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