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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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The Ethics of Protocells

Andrew Hessel

The MIT Press

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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