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Blockchain policy inertia: Where’s the disruption?

By Aisha Sobey Blockchain has been framed as a technology that could alter the shape of the world dramatically in the coming decades, influencing how we act and govern ourselves as a society, as the decentralised nature of Blockchain means that these networks wouldn’t be controlled by one person, group, corporation or government.

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A Cutting-edge IP Litigation: the European Front of CRISPR Patent War

By Michele Sanguanini CRISPR/Cas9 is a gene editing technology that is revolutionising the way that scientists design biomedical research. In addition to this, CRISPR/Cas9 is opening promising avenues for applications in gene therapy, manufacturing, and agriculture. The commercial and disruptive potential of this invention is so promising that it sparked a ‘gold rush’ towards patenting

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Data Governance in the Genomics Era

By Emma Lawrence In recent years, the volume of data generated from all aspects of our lives has been increasing, in parallel with the sophistication of analytical techniques used to process this data. This shift toward a ‘data-driven’ society has the potential to yield insights that can benefit many sectors of public life, but it

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Building a secure, quantum internet for the future: will the UK’s science policy keep up?

By Alex Koehler-Sidki The digital world is changing fast; the computing power of today’s smartphones outpaces that of supercomputers from just twenty-five years ago. We can video-call people on the opposite side of the globe, and we trust that our data are transmitted securely from one device to another. But, given this breathless speed of

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Cambridge Science and Policy Forum

The Cambridge Science & Policy Forum aims to stress the importance of the interaction between science and policy, offering a view on where this interaction is still lacking but also giving positive examples where evidence has been crucial in decision making. Our main goal is to reach early-career researchers, increasing understanding and encouraging them to

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The Art of Science Diplomacy

By Mrittunjoy Guha Majumdar Richard Holbrooke once said ‘Diplomacy is like jazz: endless variations on a theme’.  A fine-art as it seemingly is, diplomacy has recently had an added embellishment on its canvas: science. For the diplomats of the day, this new addition to the vanguard of diplomacy has come with a lot of additional

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5th March: Robots, artificial intelligence and the future of labour – Do we need a Universal Basic Income?

5th March, 6:00 – 7:30 pm – St John’s College, Old Divinity School, Main Lecture Theatre Recent technological developments, especially in the field of machine learning, robotics, and A.I. have both wiped out entire sectors and created demand for new skills. There is considerable evidence that the technological change observed over the course of the last

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Innovation in the Fight Against Infectious Diseases

By Daniela Rodriguez-Rincon   The discovery of antibiotics in 1928 led the world to believe that the fight against infectious diseases was one to be won within a few years. Nowadays, nearly 90 years following the discovery of penicillin, infectious diseases remain one of the main causes of mortality worldwide, with lower respiratory tract infections,

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Violet Gavin prepares maize she has grown inside her small hut in  Chimteka, Malawi in April 2009. Violet receives financial assistance through the Social Cash Transfer Scheme run by UNICEF, with assistance from Australia, which helps her to pay for basic needs.  Photo: Kate Holt/Africa Practice  Contact with the URL of an image or images to obtain a high resolution original.

16th February: Geopolitics of Food Systems

February 16th, 7 pm – Winstanley Lecture Hall, Trinity College New Court, CB2 1TJ Ever since agriculture was taken up by mankind as an organized pursuit, producing enough grain to make it to the next harvest season has always been a challenge for the farming communities. With falling water tables, soil erosion, plateauing grain yields and

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November 21: Gene editing – the good, the bad, and the legal

November 21st, 6:30 pm – Gonville and Caius College, Bateman Auditorium Register here. DESCRIPTION Gene editing, where should we draw a line? How far can we go? The use of genetic techniques to edit human genes is one of the most controversial topics in modern science. Should these be used only as research tools, or

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