Synthetic biology and morality : artificial life and the bounds of nature / edited by Gregory E. Kaebnick and Thomas H. Murray.Material type: TextSeries: Basic bioethicsPublisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : MIT Press, Description: 1 online resource (vi, 214 pages .)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781461936398; 146193639X; 0262314967; 9780262314961; 9780262314978; 0262314975; 9781299757066; 1299757065Subject(s): Bioethics | Bioengineering -- Moral and ethical aspects | Synthetic biology -- Moral and ethical aspects | Artificial life -- Moral and ethical aspects | Bioethics | Bioengineering -- ethics | Biotechnology -- ethics | Synthetic Biology -- ethics | MEDICAL -- Ethics | Bioengineering -- Moral and ethical aspects | Bioethics | Biology | Health & Biological Sciences | Biology - General | PHILOSOPHY/Ethics & Bioethics | PHILOSOPHY/General | BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES/GeneralGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Synthetic biology and moralityDDC classification: 174.2 LOC classification: QH332 | .S97 2013ebOnline resources: Click here to access online
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Appeals to nature and the natural in debates about synthetic biology / Andrew Lustig -- Creating life: synthetic biology and ethics / Joachim Boldt -- Engineered microbes in industry and science: a new human relationship to nature? / Gregory E. Kaebnick -- Lessons from environmental ethics about the intrinsic value of synthetic life / Mark A. Bedau and Ben T. Larson -- Three puzzles regarding the moral status of synthetic organisms / John Basl and Ronald Sandler -- Synthetic bacteria, natural processes, and intrinsic value / Christopher J. Preston -- Synthetic biology and public reason / Jon Mandle -- Biotechnology as cultural meaning: reflection on the moral reception of synthetic biology / Bruce Jennings -- "Teaching humanness" claims in synthetic biology and public policy bioethics / John H. Evans.
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.