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Synthetic Biology and MoralityArtificial Life and the Bounds of Nature$
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Gregory E. Kaebnick and Thomas H. Murray

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019392

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019392.001.0001

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“Teaching Humanness” Claims in Synthetic Biology and Public Policy Bioethics

“Teaching Humanness” Claims in Synthetic Biology and Public Policy Bioethics

(p.177) 9 “Teaching Humanness” Claims in Synthetic Biology and Public Policy Bioethics
Synthetic Biology and Morality

John H. Evans

The MIT Press

It has been claimed in public policy bioethics that synthetic biology will teach people to accept a different notion of what it means to be human, and generate a shift in self-perception. This chapter discusses “teaching humanness” claims made about other scientific innovations as well as synthetic biology, and why these claims are ignored as people are unsure how to evaluate their legitimacy. It examines these claims and discusses the ethical options if they were found to be legitimate.

Keywords:   public policy, bioethics, teaching humanness, self-perception, synthetic biology, ethical options, scientific innovations

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