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Philipp Böing

Founder: Darwin Toolbox, SynBioSoc / UCL iGEM organizer, University College London

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Should Synthetic Organisms be released to clean plastic pollution from the ocean?

The Problem: Microplastic pollution in the ocean.
Proposed Solution: Engineered Organisms that can collect the pollution into recyclable pieces. (the science behind this: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/igem2012 )
A video explanation: http://youtu.be/rEDLg03teOk

Should Synthetic Organisms be released to clean plastic pollution from the ocean? Is synthetic biology the only solution to plastic pollution? Can we anticipate and prevent any negative repercussions? Do the potential risks outweigh the benefits? Who could profit from this? Who calls the shots?

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  • Jul 18 2012: I say No they should not because if this world falls to far onto technology and synthetic things to take care of our responsibilities we will become lazy people take wall-e for example yes i know it is only a cartoon movie made for kids but don't you think the resin it is a kids movie is because the kids of today are the leaders of tomorrow and it shows a valid point if we rely on other things to do our everyday task we will become lazy and do nothing all day

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