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Engineering and ethical perspectives in synthetic biology

Title: Engineering and ethical perspectives in synthetic biology
Authors: Anderson, J
Strelkowa, N
Stan, G-B
Douglas, T
Savulescu, J
Barahona, M
Papachristodoulou, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Synthetic biology has emerged as an exciting and promising new research field, garnering significant attention from both the scientific community and the general public. This interest results from a variety of striking features: synthetic biology is a truly interdisciplinary field that engages biologists, mathematicians, physicists and engineers; its research focus is applied; and it has enormous potential to harness the power of biology to provide scientific and engineering solutions to a wide range of problems and challenges that plague humanity. However, the power of synthetic biology to engineer organisms with custom‐made functionality requires that researchers and society use this power safely and responsibly, in particular when it comes to releasing organisms into the environment. This creates new challenges for both the design of such organisms and the regulatory process governing their creation and use.
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2012
Date of Acceptance: 1-Jun-2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/63622
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/embor.2012.81
ISSN: 1469-221X
Publisher: EMBO Press
Start Page: 584
End Page: 590
Journal / Book Title: EMBO Reports
Volume: 13
Issue: 7
Copyright Statement: © 2012 European Molecular Biology Organization. This is an open‐access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3.0 Unported License [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0], which permits distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. This license does not permit commercial exploitation without specific permission.
Sponsor/Funder: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Funder's Grant Number: BB/G020434/1
EP/G036004/1
EP/I032223/1
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Cell Biology
ESCHERICHIA-COLI
BACTERIAL CHEMOTAXIS
NETWORKS
SYSTEMS
RETROACTIVITY
ROBUSTNESS
COMPLEXITY
GENOME
ACID
GENE
Bioethical Issues
Biotechnology
Genetic Engineering
Models, Biological
Research Design
Synthetic Biology
0601 Biochemistry And Cell Biology
Developmental Biology
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2012-06-15
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
Bioengineering
Mathematics
Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics
Faculty of Natural Sciences



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