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The iGEM competition or synthetic biology in general is a very exciting and promising field of science and its application appears to be very wide spread, especially since the renown scientist Craig Venter succeeded to produce a cell which contained DNA which was fully synthesized from scratch. This event has certainly awoken the attention of the non-scientific population on a world wide scale and put synthetic biology in the spotlights. Besides its promising features also the downsides have become subject of discussion. Will it only be used for good? Is it right for us to take life itself in our own hands and start creating and editing bacterial cells to do our bidding? Sometimes it appears scientists – or especially students who are to become the futures scientists – loose track of the issues synthetic biology might bring up and become to centered on scientific progress to actually take a step back and consider the ethics on this subject.