The DIY Biology Working Group recently made policy recommendations for guiding synthetic biology to the United Nations. GYA members Bart Kolodziejczyk (Poland) and John Malone (USA) contributed a science policy brief titled ‘Do-it-yourself biology: an open innovation movement or a threat?’ for the United Nations expert group meeting on accelerated technological change and policy implications for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The meeting was organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, and the Government of Mexico, and took place 26-27 April in Mexico City.

Bart Kolodziejczyk served as panelist and presented the policy brief. The policy brief identified the increasing attention placed on DIY Biology and the lack of regulation both from the DIY community and governments, and suggested ways to implement regulations that will make DIY biology safe while encouraging innovation from the DIY community.

The policy brief will be presented at the upcoming United Nations Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, 5 to 6 June 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York City.

To read the policy brief, please click here.