Synthetic biology and ethics: Past, present, and future

Matti Häyry*

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This article explores the ethical issues that have been identified in emerging technologies, from early genetic engineering to synthetic biology. The scientific advances in the field form a continuum, and some ethical considerations can be raised time and again when new developments occur. An underlying concern is the cumulative effect of scientific advances and ensuing technological innovation that can change our understanding of life and humanity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-205
Number of pages20
JournalCambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Cloning
  • Ethics
  • Gene therapies
  • Genetically modified food
  • Genetically modified organisms
  • Genetics
  • Hope
  • Humanity
  • Life
  • Morality
  • Pascal's wager
  • Precaution
  • Stem cells
  • Synthetic biology

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