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Synthetic Biology and MoralityArtificial Life and the Bounds of Nature

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

Gregory E. Kaebnick and Thomas H. Murray (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780262019392
eISBN:
9780262314961
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019392.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Bioethics

Synthetic 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 ... More

Transformations of LamarckismFrom Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology

Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology

Snait B. Gissis and Eva Jablonka (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015141
eISBN:
9780262295642
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015141.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

In 1809—the year of Charles Darwin's birth—Jean-Baptiste Lamarck published Philosophie zoologique, the first comprehensive and systematic theory of biological evolution. The Lamarckian approach ... More

Truly Human EnhancementA Philosophical Defense of Limits

Truly Human Enhancement: A Philosophical Defense of Limits

Nicholas Agar

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780262026635
eISBN:
9780262318976
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262026635.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Bioethics

The transformative potential of genetic and cybernetic technologies to enhance human capabilities is most often either rejected on moral and prudential grounds or hailed as the future salvation of ... More

Work Meets LifeExploring the Integrative Study of Work in Living Systems

Work Meets Life: Exploring the Integrative Study of Work in Living Systems

Robert Levin, Simon Laughlin, Christina De La Rocha, and Alan Blackwell (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014120
eISBN:
9780262265843
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014120.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

The work performed by living systems ranges from photosynthesis to prodigious feats of computation and organization. This book explores the relationships between work and the study of work across ... More

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