Synthetic Biology Needs A Synthetic Bioethics

TitleSynthetic Biology Needs A Synthetic Bioethics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsThompson, PB
JournalEthics, Policy & Environment
Date Published2012
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number21550085
KeywordsBIOETHICS , BIOMASS , BIOTECHNOLOGY , management , Mathematical , Methodology , research , SYNTHETIC
AbstractRecent developments in synthetic biology are described and characterized as moving the era of biotechnology into platform technologies. Platform technologies enable rapid and diffuse innovations and simultaneous product development in diffuse markets, often targeting sectors of the economy that have traditionally been thought to have little relationship to one another. In the case of synthetic biology, pharmaceutical and biofuel product development are occurring interactively. But the regulatory and ethical issues associated with these two applications share very little overlap. As such, there is some risk that focus on traditional medical applications, for which the ethical expertise is highly developed, will overshadow the ethical issues that arise in connection with land use and its attendant socioeconomic consequences, especially in the developing world. The 2010 report of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethics exhibits this tendency. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]Copyright of Ethics, Policy & Environment is the property of Routledge and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
NotesThompson, Paul B. 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: W. K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics, Michigan State University, USA; Source Info: 2012, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p1; Subject Term: SYNTHETIC biology; Subject Term: RESEARCH; Subject Term: BIOETHICS; Subject Term: METHODOLOGY; Subject Term: BIOTECHNOLOGY -- Technology transfer; Subject Term: BIOMASS energy industries; Subject Term: MANAGEMENT; Subject Term: BIOMASS energy; Subject Term: MATHEMATICAL models; Number of Pages: 20p; Document Type: Article