Why the Synthetic Cell Needs Democratic Governance

Michelle Habets (Corresponding author), Hub Zwart, Q.C. van Est

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-541
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Biotechnology
Issue number6
Early online date1 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


  • bottom-up synthetic biology
  • democratic governance
  • public participation
  • synthetic cell
  • Biotechnology/legislation & jurisprudence
  • Policy Making
  • Community Participation
  • Artificial Cells
  • Socioeconomic Factors


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