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The Ethics of ProtocellsMoral and Social Implications of Creating Life in the Laboratory$
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Mark A. Bedau and Emily C. Parke

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012621

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012621.001.0001

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Protocells, Precaution, and Open-Source Biology

Protocells, Precaution, and Open-Source Biology

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(p.183) 11 Protocells, Precaution, and Open-Source Biology
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The Ethics of Protocells
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Andrew Hessel

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012621.003.0011

This chapter describes how open source is currently being explored in biological research. It addresses how open biological standards are being used in engineered biology, how openness might play a role in global bioeconomics and biosecurity, and how open-source biology communities could organize to deliver cost-effective R&D. This chapter suggests that finding solutions to problems developed by advancing biotechnologies could be as straightforward as raising awareness of them, and having a mechanism in place to collect and prioritize reasonable solutions, no matter where they originate. It shows that open-source biology could play an important role in making biological technology more accessible, efficient, and synchronized with people’s needs.

Keywords:   open-source biology, open biological standards, engineered biology, global bioeconomics, biosecurity, R&D, biotechnologies

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