818065 Synthetic biology and technology assessment - an introduction

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Wintersemester 2022/23
Languages of instruction


"Based on an introduction to synthetic biology and gene drive-based ecological engineering, this lecture examines potential benefits and risk-determining aspects by case studies. The case studies include i.a. renewable energy applications, environmental technologies, biomaterials and gene drives to combat invasive species or vectors of infectious diseases such as mosquitoes.
Beyond the prospective technology assessment, options for risk-reducing development paths should also be identified in the course."

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

In addition to the introduction to synthetic biology and gene drives, the lecture aims to establish an understanding of its significance and potential power. For this purpose, the participants are familiarized with the tasks of a prospective technology assessment. In addition to the analysis of the potential benefits, the competence in identifying possible risks and risk-reducing design options will be trained. Thereby the independent ability to judge and discourse in view of the outcomes of a field of science will be strengthened. Additionally, due to the search and evaluation of scientific literature, competencies in dealing with literature databases and the qualitative and quantitative analysis of research areas are acquired.
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