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Synthetic Biology is already an object of intensive debate. However, to a great extent the discussion to date has been concerned with fundamental ethical, religious and philosophical questions. By contrast, based on an investigation of the field’s scientific and technological character, this book focuses on new functionalities provided by synthetic biology and explores the associated opportunities and risks. Following an introduction to the subject and a discussion of the most central paradigms and methodologies, the book provides an overview of the structure of this field of science and technology. It informs the reader about the current stage of development, as well as topical problems and potential opportunities in important fields of application.

But not only the science itself is in focus. In order to investigate its broader impact, ecological as well as ethical implications will be considered, paving the way for a discussion of responsibilities in the context of a field at a transitional crossroads between basic and applied science. In closing, the requirements for a suitable regulatory framework are discussed.

The book is intended as a source of information and orientation for researchers, students and practitioners in the natural sciences and technology assessment; for members of scientific and technological, governmental and funding institutions; and for members of the general public interested in essential information on the current status, prospects and implications of synthetic biology.



2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Synthetic Biology as Late-Modern Technology

Inquiring into the Rhetoric and Reality of a New Technoscientific Wave
Jan C. Schmidt

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Synthetic Biology at the Limits of Science

Alfred Nordmann

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Complexity in Synthetic Biology: Unnecessary or Essential?

Michael Bölker

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Characterizing Synthetic Biology Through Its Novel and Enhanced Functionalities

Christian Pade, Bernd Giese, Stefan Koenigstein, Henning Wigger, Arnim von Gleich

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Synthetic Biology: The Next Step Forward for Industrial Biotechnology

Gerd Klöck

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Beyond Genetic Engineering: Technical Capabilities in the Application Fields of Biocatalysis and Biosensors

Christopher E. French, Louise Horsfall, Damian K. Barnard, Kwabena Duedu, Eugene Fletcher, Nimisha Joshi, Steven D. Kane, Sahreena S. Lakhundi, Chao-Kuo Liu, Jan Oltmanns, David Radford, Alejandro Salinas, Joseph White, Alistair Elfick

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Protein Tectons in Synthetic Biology

The Expansion of Cellular Functionality Combining Chemical Biology of Small Organic Molecules with Protein Tectons—Unnatural Amino Acids, Protein Based Biohybrid Materials and De Novo Organelles
Stefan M. Schiller

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

The Cellular Chassis as the Basis for New Functionalities: Shortcomings and Requirements

Antoine Danchin

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Hazards, Risks, and Low Hazard Development Paths of Synthetic Biology

Bernd Giese, Arnim von Gleich

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Synthetic Biology and Genetic Engineering: Parallels in Risk Assessment

Broder Breckling, Gunther Schmidt

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

The Regulation of Synthetic Biology by EU Law: Current State and Prospects

Gerd Winter

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Biotechnology, Modes of Action, and the Value of Life

Joachim Boldt

2015 | OriginalPaper | Buchkapitel

Synthetic Biology as Technoscience and the EEE Concept of Responsibility

Armin Grunwald


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