Synthetic biology is a new, intriguing technology that could have a huge impact on humans and our environment. At our Biology Week 2015 debate, chaired by Dr Adam Rutherford, a panel of experts outlined the process of designing and building new life forms and discussed the ethical challenges we will face. What impact could synthetic biology have on everyday life, and how far could we, and should we, take this revolutionary science?
Amelia Perry brings you the highlights of the debate, reaction from audience members, and an interview with Philipp Boeing from UCL on the iGEM competition.
The debate was organised by the Royal Society of Biology and the Biochemical Society and hosted by the Royal Institution. Find out more about the debate.