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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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The Acceptability of the Risks of Protocells

The Acceptability of the Risks of Protocells

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The Ethics of Protocells

Carl Cranor

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This chapter describes how society perceives the risk of protocells, using examples from the chemical and genomics industries to draw conclusions about the perceived acceptability of protocell technology and the proper way to manage the accompanying risks. It argues that any risks posed by protocells are likely to be among the most unacceptable risks to the public. This chapter suggests some of the institutional features that would assist in determining any risks from protocell products, and ideally prevent risks from arising that could cause harm to public health and the environment.

Keywords:   society, risks, protocells, public health, environment

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