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- DescriptionSynthetic biology, which aims to design and build organisms that serve human needs, has potential applications that range from producing biofuels to programming human behavior. The emergence of this new form of biotechlogy, 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 ? Synthetic Biology and Morality takes on this threshold ethical question, as well as others that follow, offering a range of philosophical and political perspectives on the power of synthetic biology. The contributors consider the basic question of the ethics of making new organisms, with essays that lay out the conceptual terrain and offer opposing views of the intrinsic moral concerns; discuss the possibility that synthetic organisms are inherently valuable; and address whether, and how, moral objections to synthetic biology could be relevant to policy making and political discourse. Variations of these questions have been raised before, in debates over other biotechlogies, but, as this book shows, they take on vel and illuminating form when considered in the context of synthetic biology. ContributorsJohn Basl, Mark A. Bedau, Joachim Boldt, John H. Evans, Bruce Jennings, Gregory E. Kaebnick, Ben Larson, Andrew Lustig, Jon Mandle, Thomas H. Murray, Christopher J. Preston, Ronald Sandler
- Author BiographyThomas H. Murray is President Emeritus and Senior Research Scholar at the Hastings Center and author of The Worth of a Child.
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication09/08/2013
- Series TitleBasic Bioethics
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note1 table
- Weight304 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine9 mm
- Edited byGregory E. Kaebnick,Thomas H. Murray
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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