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Synthetic Biology and Morality : Artificial Life and the Bounds of Nature.

Author: Gregory E Kaebnick; Thomas H Murray
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2013] ©2013
Series: Basic bioethics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Synthetic biology, which aims to design and build organisms that serve human needs, has potential applications that range from producing biofuels to programming human behaviour. The emergence of this new form of biotechnology, however, raises a variety of ethical questions - first and foremost, whether synthetic biology is intrinsically troubling in moral terms. Is it an egregious example of scientists 'playing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory E Kaebnick; Thomas H Murray
ISBN: 0262314967 9780262314961 0262019396 9780262019392
OCLC Number: 1097166733
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (223 pages)
Contents: Series Foreword; Introduction; I The Human Relationship to Nature; 1 Appeals to Nature and the Natural in Debates about Synthetic Biology; 2 Creating Life: Synthetic Biology and Ethics; 3 Engineered Microbes in Industry and Science: A New Human Relationship to Nature?; II The Value of Synthetic Organisms; 4 Lessons from Environmental Ethics about the Intrinsic Value of Synthetic Life; 5 Three Puzzles Regarding the Moral Status of Synthetic Organisms; 6 Synthetic Bacteria, Natural Processes, and Intrinsic Value; III Values and Public Policy; 7 Synthetic Biology and Public Reason. 8 Biotechnology as Cultural Meaning: Reflections on the Moral Reception of Synthetic Biology9 "Teaching Humanness" Claims in Synthetic Biology and Public Policy Bioethics; About the Authors; Index.
Series Title: Basic bioethics.
Other Titles: Basic Bioethics Ser
Basic Bioethics

Abstract:

Synthetic biology, which aims to design and build organisms that serve human needs, has potential applications that range from producing biofuels to programming human behaviour. The emergence of this new form of biotechnology, however, raises a variety of ethical questions - first and foremost, whether synthetic biology is intrinsically troubling in moral terms. Is it an egregious example of scientists 'playing God'? This book takes on this key ethical question, as well as others that follow, offering a range of philosophical and political perspectives on the power of synthetic biology.

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