The Bio:Fiction film festival: Sensing how a debate about synthetic biology might evolve

@article{Schmidt2015TheBF,
  title={The Bio:Fiction film festival: Sensing how a debate about synthetic biology might evolve},
  author={Markus Schmidt and Angela Osterman Meyer and Amelie Cserer},
  journal={Public Understanding of Science (Bristol, England)},
  year={2015},
  volume={24},
  pages={619 - 635}
}
Synthetic biology (SB) is a new techno-scientific field surrounded by an aura of hope, hype and fear. Currently it is difficult to predict which way the public debate – and thus the social shaping of technology – is heading. With limited hard evidence at hand, we resort to a strategy that takes into account speculative design and diegetic prototyping, accessing the Bio:Fiction science film festival, and its 52 short films from international independent filmmakers. Our first hypothesis was that… Expand

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