Beyond Patchwork Precaution in the Dual-Use Governance of Synthetic Biology.

TitleBeyond Patchwork Precaution in the Dual-Use Governance of Synthetic Biology.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsKelle, A
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Pagination1121 - 1139
Date Published2013/09//
PublisherSpringer Science & Business Media B.V.
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsAIR , BIOETHICS , Biological , Dual-use , governance , PATCHWORK , PRECAUTIONARY , research , SYNTHETIC
AbstractThe emergence of synthetic biology holds the potential of a major breakthrough in the life sciences by transforming biology into a predictive science. The dual-use characteristics of similar breakthroughs during the twentieth century have led to the application of benignly intended research in e.g. virology, bacteriology and aerobiology in offensive biological weapons programmes. Against this background the article raises the question whether the precautionary governance of synthetic biology can aid in preventing this techno-science witnessing the same fate? 
NotesAccession Number: 89583481; Kelle, Alexander 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies (PoLIS), University of Bath, Claverton Down, 1WN Bath BA2 7AY UK; Source Info: Sep2013, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p1121; Subject Term: SYNTHETIC biology; Subject Term: PATCHWORK; Subject Term: AIR microbiology; Subject Term: BIOLOGICAL research; Subject Term: RESEARCH -- Moral & ethical aspects; Subject Term: BIOETHICS; Author-Supplied Keyword: Bioethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Dual-use; Author-Supplied Keyword: Governance; Author-Supplied Keyword: Precautionary principle; Author-Supplied Keyword: Synthetic biology; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541710 Research and development in the physical, engineering and life sciences; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541712 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology); Number of Pages: 19p; Document Type: Article
Short TitleScience & Engineering Ethics