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The Ethics of Protocells: Moral and Social Implications of Creating Life in the Laboratory (Basic Bioethics)

The Ethics of Protocells: Moral and Social Implications of Creating Life in the Laboratory (Basic Bioethics) [Kindle Edition]

Mark A. Bedau , Emily C. Parke

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"Bedau and Parke's The Ethics of Protocells is a seminal work on the ethical and social implications of creating synthetic life. It should be required reading for anyone entering this field." --Linda MacDonald Glenn, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Education, Alden March Bioethics Institute. Albany Medical Center

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Teams of scientists around the world are racing to create
protocells--microscopic, self-organizing entities that spontaneously assemble from
simple organic and inorganic materials. The creation of fully autonomous
protocells--a technology that can, for all intents and purposes, be considered
literally alive--is only a matter of time. This book examines the pressing social
and ethical issues raised by the creation of life in the laboratory. Protocells
might offer great medical and social benefits and vast new economic opportunities,
but they also pose potential risks and threaten cultural and moral norms against
tampering with nature and "playing God." The Ethics of Protocells offers a
variety of perspectives on these concerns. After a brief survey of current protocell
research (including the much-publicized "top-down" strategy of J. Craig
Venter and Hamilton Smith, for which they have received multimillion dollar
financing from the U.S. Department of Energy), the chapters treat risk, uncertainty,
and precaution; lessons from recent history and related technologies; and ethics in
a future society with protocells. The discussions range from new considerations of
the precautionary principle and the role of professional ethicists to explorations
of what can be learned from society's experience with other biotechnologies and the
open-source software movement.

Mark A. Bedau, Gaymon Bennett, Giovanni Boniolo, Carl Cranor, Bill Durodié, Mickey
Gjerris, Brigitte Hantsche-Tangen, Christine Hauskeller, Andrew Hessel, Brian
Johnson, George Khushf, Emily C. Parke, Alain Pottage, Paul Rabinow, Per Sandin,
Joachim Schummer, Mark Triant, Laurie Zoloth

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3447 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (17 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007R92FIW
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