Competition/Rules of Conduct/Preventing Harm

Preventing Harm

All iGEM projects, and likely all of synthetic biology, could potentially cause harm. They may pose risks to participants, their colleagues, communities or the environment. They could pose risks to research participants, or animals. Alternatively they could pose risks to public health preparedness or the reputation of synthetic biology. Identifying and managing risk is a key part of being a responsible synthetic biologist. It is also a core component of human practices (in considering how the world affects your work and you work affects the world).