In the cover story for the November/December issue of Foreign Affairs, Laurie Garrett offers a brief history of the synthetic biology revolution, looking ahead to future possibilities and policy challenges. At the core of the dual-use research problem is information, rather than microbes, and over-regulating the flow of information risks stifling science and crippling international collaborative research.

Read the full article here.

For more information on synthetic biology and dual-use research of concern, you can also watch "Staying Safe in a Biology Revolution" or read her policy innovation memorandum Making the New Revolutions in Biology Safe on the same topic.