Initiate an effort to engage with industry and relevant stakeholders, to develop and refine guidance for possible use by synthetic nucleic acid sequence providers (EO) Sec. 4.4(b)(ii))
NIST, Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) to develop safety tools for synthetic biology to defend against potential misuse of AI. Read announcement.
NIST is assigned responsibility for engaging with industry and relevant stakeholders to initiate an effort to develop and refine several guidance documents for possible use by synthetic nucleic acid sequence providers. These include:
NIST announced on February 16, 2024, that it has entered into a two-year cooperative research agreement with the nonprofit Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) to develop screening and safety tools to defend against the potential misuse of AI related to nucleic acid synthesis. NIST will work with the EBRC to identify best practices and policies to ensure public safety. Read the announcement.