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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Center for Global Security (CGS) studies emerging national security issues through in-depth analysis of the economic, legal, regulatory and policy factors that can influence the development of effective science and technology solutions. Read more ...

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Synthetic Biology

In 2015, the Center engaged a broad community of experts to help identify emerging threats. The Center examined the threat and promise of one issue in particular: Synthetic biology. Synthetic biology is the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems, as well as the re-design of existing, natural biological systems. The Center delivered a technical roadmap containing recommendations to help decision makers, analysts, and researchers to:

  • Deter illicit research
  • Detect and differentiate research of concern
  • Develop tools to strengthen the U.S. technical base
  • Defend against natural and engineered releases.
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Key Visits

In August 2015, the Center hosted Dr. John Fischer, Director of the Chemical and Biological Defense Division of the Department of Homeland Security. CGS Director Gretchen Hund presented to Dr. Fischer the results from the Center’s deep-dive on synthetic biology.

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