Dr Thomas H Murray, President and CEO of The Hastings Center in the US, delivered the Council's 2009 public lecture on 29 April at the Royal Society in London.

His lecture, ‘New genetic recipes: are we cooking up trouble with synthetic biology?’ considered a range of issues raised by this new multi-disciplinary area of research. In particular, he considered the concept of non-physical harms such as affronts to nature, and the role such harms should play in public policy.

Watch a video of the lecture.

Tom Murray

The lecture was attended by around 80 people with a professional or personal interest in the topic. The discussion continued during a drinks reception hosted by the Council afterwards.