Playing God?

GREEN ISSUE: Synthetic biology is creating jobs and promising innovations, but critics say it's dangerous and lacks proper safeguards


THE GREEN ISSUE When Richmond was selected as the site for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's huge second campus in January, city officials and community leaders celebrated the "green" jobs it would create, hundreds of them, diversifying an economy dependent on Chevron and its massive oil refinery. But a new coalition called Synbiowatch ( is questioning how green those jobs really are and raising fears about the new scientific realm on which they rely.Read more »