Synthetic biology and dual use

Daisuke Kiga*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Synthetic biology is science or technology concerning layers of life such as individuals, organs, cells. In this field, components of a layer are combined to construct a system in the upper layer. This paper focuses on studies, at a layer related to gene recombinant experiments, modifying genes and combining multiple genes. By introducing research accomplishments in synthetic biology such as gene networks and synthesis of the whole genome, this paper explains how synthetic biology is an extension of conventional gene engineering and the field of interdisciplinary open innovation. The risks of synthetic biology and risk reduction methods are also introduced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)698-704
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Disaster Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Breeding
  • DNA synthesis
  • Reconstruction
  • Risk reduction
  • Synthetic biology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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