U.S. Department of Energy

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Defining the Synthetic Biology Supply Chain

Publish Date: 
Thursday, August 3, 2017
In this article, a team of experts in synthetic biology, data analytics, and national security describe the overall supply chain surrounding synthetic biology. The team analyzes selected interactions within that network to better understand the risks raised by synthetic biology and identifies opportunities for risk mitigation. To introduce the concept, the article will briefly describe how an understanding of supply chains has been important in promoting nuclear nonproliferation objectives. The article concludes by assessing the structure and networks identified in the supply chains to reveal potential opportunities for future biodefense research and development; options for additional information exchange; and means to interdict, detect, or deter suspicious activity.
Frazar S.L., G. Hund, G.T. Bonheyo, J. Diggans, R.A. Bartholomew, L.K. Gehrig, and M.T. Greaves. 2017. "Defining the Synthetic Biology Supply Chain." Health Security 15, no. 4:392-400. PNNL-SA-122062. doi:10.1089/hs.2016.0083
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