Finding Hope in Synthetic Biology

Tuija Takala*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

For some, synthetic biology represents great hope in offering possible solutions to many of the world's biggest problems, from hunger to sustainable development. Others remain fearful of the harmful uses, such as bioweapons, that synthetic biology can lend itself to, and most hold that issues of biosafety are of utmost importance. In this article, I will evaluate these points of view and conclude that although the biggest promises of synthetic biology are unlikely to become reality, and the probability of accidents is fairly substantial, synthetic biology could still be seen to benefit humanity by enhancing our ethical understanding and by offering a boost to world economy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-245
Number of pages7
JournalCambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • synthetic biology
  • ethics
  • consequentialism
  • hope
  • invisible hand
  • biosafety
  • biosecurity

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