Term Paper for Dr. Gary Marchant, LAW 691: Biotechnology, Law, and Society, Arizona State University, 2012

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The Goldilocks Dilemma and Polycentric Governance: Risks and Regulation in Synthetic Biology

 

Table of Contents

 

Introduction. 2

I.         What is Synthetic Biology?. 3

A.       Risk Categories: Biosafety and Biosecurity…………………………………………………….. 6

II.       Governance of Biosafety Risks: 7

A.       What is Biosafety?………………………………………………………………………………………. 7

B.       Biosafety: Historical Development and Limits. 8

C.       Government: Existing US Regulations for Containment and Risk Assessment 10

C.       Governance: Other Biosafety Considerations. 15

III.      Governance of Biosecurity Risks: 17

A.       Introduction: Biosecurity and the Sociology of Risk. 18

B.       Polycentric Biosecurity Governance. 19

C.       Street-level Governance and the Internet………………………………………………………….. 22

A.       Federal Efforts at the International Scale. 24

B.       NSABB: Oversight, Science Advising, Interdependence……………………………….. 25

VI.      Conclusion: Goldilocks and Governance. 26

V.       Endnotes…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 29………

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This essay is a survey of how basic risk categories associated with synthetic biology are defined, assessed and actively managed. The inquiry is motivated by “the…

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