1. Science communication, extending technically accurate scientific information to non-experts, especially concerning DNA, genetics and various applications of biotechnology and genetic engineering.
I facilitate wider lay public understanding of science and scientific principles by offering technically accurate but accessible explanations of DNA, genetics and biotechnology. Clientele includes the lay public interested, but not formally trained, in various aspects of DNA, genetics and biotechnology. My goal is to increase scientific literacy among the public and counter the waves of popular pseudo-science amplified especially (but not exclusively) by social media. A better informed public will allow a more vital and critical public debate on policy issues involving DNA, genetics and biotechnology.
2. Human, animal and environmental biosafety in various applications of biotechnology, including genetic engineering, genome editing and other genetic technologies.
The risks and hazards associated with emerging technologies demands technical knowledge to conduct appropriate analysis and recommend suitable regulatory restrictions, all based on science and scientific evidence. All too often, political or economic expediency drives regulations, leaving the public and environment less well protected than when using science and evidence based approaches. Controversial fields include not only genetic technologies but also climate change, modern medicine (especially vaccinations) and others. My efforts involve assessing the scientifically valid risks and hazards associated with adoption of genetic technologies, comparing them to the risks and hazards associated with current alternatives, and recommending measures to mitigate any real risks and hazards.