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Nanobiotechnology and Synthetic Biology, Two Forms of Overlap Between Biology and Technology A Comparison of Scientific, Social, Ethical and Philosophical Aspects of the Two Disciplines


Deplazes, A (2008). Nanobiotechnology and Synthetic Biology, Two Forms of Overlap Between Biology and Technology A Comparison of Scientific, Social, Ethical and Philosophical Aspects of the Two Disciplines. In: Ach, J S; Weidemann, C. Size Matters: Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Nanobiotechnology and Nano-Medicine. Berlin-Hamburg-Münster: Lit Verlag, 51-74.

Abstract

Synthetic biology is an interdisciplinary subject in which biologists, engineers and computer scientists collaborate with the aim to synthesize new organisms and engineer them to perform tasks, which the respective organism does not perform in nature. Synthetic biology overlaps with nanobiotechnology not only in certain technical aspects, but also concerning social, safety and ethical impacts. Both disciplines act at the intersection of biology and technology and challenge the boundary between living and non-living matter, as it has been understood hitherto. Possible applications for example in medicine and the danger for abuse in bioterrorism are common to synthetic biology and nanobiotechnology. We want to examine ethical and social implications of synthetic biology in comparison to nanobiotechnology. Thereby we aim to contribute to a better understanding of which issues are specific to nanobiotechnology and which are shared with other approaches in the field.

Abstract

Synthetic biology is an interdisciplinary subject in which biologists, engineers and computer scientists collaborate with the aim to synthesize new organisms and engineer them to perform tasks, which the respective organism does not perform in nature. Synthetic biology overlaps with nanobiotechnology not only in certain technical aspects, but also concerning social, safety and ethical impacts. Both disciplines act at the intersection of biology and technology and challenge the boundary between living and non-living matter, as it has been understood hitherto. Possible applications for example in medicine and the danger for abuse in bioterrorism are common to synthetic biology and nanobiotechnology. We want to examine ethical and social implications of synthetic biology in comparison to nanobiotechnology. Thereby we aim to contribute to a better understanding of which issues are specific to nanobiotechnology and which are shared with other approaches in the field.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:08 University Research Priority Programs > Ethics
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:31 Dec 2009 06:32
Last Modified:26 Jan 2017 08:45
Publisher:Lit Verlag
Series Name:Münsteraner Bioethik-Studien
Number:8
ISBN:978-3-8258-1594-3

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