- How are GMOs created?
- Where and how are GMOs used?
- Are GMOs per se bad?
- What are the regulations in Switzerland regarding GMOs?
- What is your impression of the iGEM project?
Genetically modified organisms (GMO) and the technologies to create them often spark rejection among people without a background in natural sciences, especially when it comes to applications in agriculture. Even though a healty proportion of caution is well-founded, we think many people are not properly informed about GMO and many sceptics and fears are rooted in this knowledge gap. We think it is very important for the advancement of the field of synthetic biology (and research in general) that the public opinion about new technologies is based on facts and not half-truths and fears. Only then, the public is able to properly judge and assess new technologies. This requires an open dialog between people and researchers working with these kind of technologies. To facilitate this flow of information we carried out an information event in Basel City, Switzerland. During this event we tried to get in contact with people with different backgrounds and opinions to learn what they think GMO's are and how they influence our lifes.
Furthermore, we attended the conference of the German Association of Synthetic Biology, where we presented our project and got in contact with other researcher from the field of synthetic biology.