In mid-July, Genspace had the honor of hosting a groundbreaking conference. It was the first time that leaders from the DIYbio community and FBI experts had come together to address biosecurity issues raised by recent advances in the field of synthetic biology.
Participants flew in from California, Boston, Houston, Baltimore, Rochester and Chicago for a day of presentations at FBI Headquarters followed by a day in the lab at Genspace. There, we let them loose in the lab for transformations and personal genomic explorations. And the FBI brought the snacks in coolers labeled “Weapons of Mass Destruction” since that was the FBI department they were from. Made a few folks on our floor do a double-take as they entered the kitchen area
Following this meeting, Dr. Oliver Medvedik of Genspace was invited to present at the FBI-sponsored Synthetic Biology III Workshop in Washington DC.