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In an opinion piece at The Guardian, Nature's Adam Rutherford says that "the present gains and future benefits of synthetic biology are too great for it to be written off with fear-mongering maxims." He says that while "environmentalists, religious figures and sections of the media regularly use the phrase ["Playing God"] as a handy stick with which to beat those in the field," advances in synthetic biology are critical.

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