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Synthetic Biology Analysed
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Main description:

This book focusses on characteristic features of synthetic biology that are relevant for the societal discussion. Some of these features apply only to parts of synthetic biology, where others might be relevant for synthetic biology as a whole. In the next step these new features are evaluated with respect to the different areas of synthetic biology. Do we have the right words and categories to talk about these new features? In a third step traditional concepts like “life” and “artificiality” are scrutinized with regard to their discriminatory power: We suggest some readjustments to do more justice to the heterogeneity of synthetic biology. In the last part this refined view for ethical evaluation, risk assessment, analysis of public perception and legal evaluation are utilized. This approach will help to differentiate the discussion on synthetic biology.


Feature:

Concentrates on the societal discussion about synthetic biology

Scrutinizes traditional concepts such as "life" or "artificial"

Leads to a refined view for societal, particularly ethical, evaluation


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This book focusses on characteristic features of synthetic biology that are relevant for the societal discussion. Some of these features apply only to parts of synthetic biology, where others might be relevant for synthetic biology as a whole. In the next step these new features are evaluated with respect to the different areas of synthetic biology. Do we have the right words and categories to talk about these new features? In a third step traditional concepts like “life” and “artificiality” are scrutinized with regard to their discriminatory power: We suggest some readjustments to do more justice to the heterogeneity of synthetic biology. In the last part this refined view for ethical evaluation, risk assessment, analysis of public perception and legal evaluation are utilized. This approach will help to differentiate the discussion on synthetic biology.


Contents:

The new worlds of synthetic biology – Synopsis.- A layer model to describe and classify natural and synthetic organisms in different fields of synthetic biology.- Dealing with potential risks of synthetic biology.- The Concept of Life in Synthetic Biology.- An Ethical Response to Synthetic Biology.- Synthetic Biology: Public perceptions of an emergent field.- In Search for a Legal Framework for Synthetic Biology.


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ISBN-13: 9783319251455
Publisher: Springer (Springer International Publishing)
Publication date: March, 2016
Pages: 250

Subcategories: Ethics