In China, limited by the general educational level,
the popularity of cultural literacy and scientific knowledge is uneven,
and the public's understanding of genetic engineering and synthetic biology is highly biased.
After the "Wei Zexi incident",
many people doubt the effectiveness of biological treatment and dare not choose the method of biological treatment.
Many people do not have the ability to distinguish between reliable science and snake oil.
However, the promotion of synthetic biology applications to the real world requires public support and trust.
We believe that science belongs to all mankind,
and everyone has the equal opportunity to understand science and technology and make their own choices based on rational judgment.
There is a saying: fear comes from ignorance, so the solution to public skepticism about biopharmaceuticals is more education and openness.
Despite synthetic biology having made significant advances in transparency and control by using standard parts to construct biobricks,
which in turn modify, regulate,
and modify organisms,
problems we still need to solve are how to let different people know what is happening inside and outside the lab,
how we design, simulate, debug, develop and test,
and how we conduct safety evaluations and risk control to eliminate public about their doubt.
This year, we focused on a special group of people in rural China.
In the countryside, the hollowing out phenomenon is serious,
which means that their children and the next generation have migrated to cities,
leaving senior citizen alone in the villages. Most of them have not received higher education,
hence they are more likely to believe that rumors such as GM food will immediately lead to poisoning.
With the support of the Suzhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention,
we walked into a remote hamlet of Suzhou, delivered a lecture on modern biotechnique in daily life and health,
to dispel their concerns and misunderstandings.
We seized every opportunity to communicate with different stakeholders or the public to hear their opinions on biotechnology and to improve future projects and human practices.
We also invited students interested in synthetic biology to come to our some students interested in synthetic biology to come to our laboratory and visit our research process.
One of our instructors, Dr. David Sun-Kai Chiu, led them to visit and explained what we are doing.