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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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Creating Life: Synthetic Biology and Ethics

Creating Life: Synthetic Biology and Ethics

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Synthetic Biology and Morality

Joachim Boldt

The MIT Press

This chapter assesses the development of synthetic biology, and the idea that in comparison to genetic engineering, synthetic biology represents the shift away from the paradigm of observational analysis and manipulating existing organisms, to the ability to build, initiate, and direct DNA-based processes. It highlights the ethical significance and debate surrounding synthetic biology and creating novel entities, and sees synthetic biology as spearheading scientific progress.

Keywords:   synthetic biology, novel entities, observational analysis, existing organisms, scientific progress, genetic engineering, paradigm

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