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Synthetic Biology and Morality: Artificial Life and the Bounds of Nature

Gregory E. Kaebnick and Thomas H. Murray


Synthetic biology, which aims to design and build organisms that serve human needs, has potential applications that range from producing biofuels to programming human behavior. The emergence of this new form of biotechnology, however, raises a variety of ethical questions—first and foremost, whether synthetic biology is intrinsically troubling in moral terms. Is it an egregious example of scientists “playing God”? This book takes on this key ethical question, as well as others that follow, offering a range of philosophical and political perspectives on the power of synthetic biology. The chapt ... More

Keywords: synthetic organisms, synthetic biology, ethnical questions, moral questions, biotechnologies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780262019392
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019392.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory E. Kaebnick, editor

Thomas H. Murray, editor