Engineering synthetic cells from the bottom up is expected to revolutionize biotechnology. How can synthetic cells support societal transitions necessary to tackle our current global challenges in a socially equitable and sustainable manner? To answer this question, we need to assess socioeconomic considerations and engage in early constructive public dialogue.

bottom-up synthetic biology, democratic governance, public participation, synthetic cell
dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tibtech.2020.11.006, hdl.handle.net/1765/132260
Trends in Biotechnology
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Habets, M.G.J.L. (Michelle G.J.L.), Zwart, H.A.E. (Hub A.E.), & van Est, R. (Rinie). (2020). Why the Synthetic Cell Needs Democratic Governance. Trends in Biotechnology. doi:10.1016/j.tibtech.2020.11.006