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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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Synthetic Biology and Morality
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Gregory E. Kaebnick

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DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019392.003.0004

If synthetic biology represents an important step forward in the human ability to design, build, and use living organisms, how does this change the human relationship to nature? Does it lead to humans “playing God” with nature? This chapter addresses moral and philosophical concerns about whether synthetic biology and investigation into life leads to human over-confidence in understanding, changing, and potentially damaging nature and argues that it does not lead to a devaluing of life. The varying levels of influence these concerns could have on public policy are discussed.

Keywords:   God, synthetic biology, public policy, moral concerns

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