The Ethics of Protocells : Moral and Social Implications of Creating Life in the Laboratory

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      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      Experts explore the potential benefits, risks, and moral aspects of protocell technology, which creates simple forms of life from nonliving material.Teams of scientists around the world are racing to create protocells—microscopic, self-organizing entities that spontaneously assemble from simple organic and inorganic materials. The creation of fully autonomous protocells—a technology that can, for all intents and purposes, be considered literally alive—is only a matter of time. This book examines the pressing social and ethical issues raised by the creation of life in the laboratory. Protocells might offer great medical and social benefits and vast new economic opportunities, but they also pose potential risks and threaten cultural and moral norms against tampering with nature and “playing God.” The Ethics of Protocells offers a variety of perspectives on these concerns. After a brief survey of current protocell research (including the much-publicized “top-down” strategy of J. Craig Venter and Hamilton Smith, for which they have received multimillion dollar financing from the U.S. Department of Energy), the chapters treat risk, uncertainty, and precaution; lessons from recent history and related technologies; and ethics in a future society with protocells. The discussions range from new considerations of the precautionary principle and the role of professional ethicists to explorations of what can be learned from society's experience with other biotechnologies and the open-source software movement. ContributorsMark A. Bedau, Gaymon Bennett, Giovanni Boniolo, Carl Cranor, Bill Durodié, Mickey Gjerris, Brigitte Hantsche-Tangen, Christine Hauskeller, Andrew Hessel, Brian Johnson, George Khushf, Emily C. Parke, Alain Pottage, Paul Rabinow, Per Sandin, Joachim Schummer, Mark Triant, Laurie Zoloth
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    • Related ISBNs:
      9780262012621. 9780262512695. 9780262255301.
    • Accession Number:
      405031041
    • Accession Number:
      259229
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    • ABNT:
      PARKE, E. C.; BEDAU, M. The Ethics of Protocells : Moral and Social Implications of Creating Life in the Laboratory. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press, 2009. ISBN 9780262012621. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=259229&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 21 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Parke EC, Bedau M. The Ethics of Protocells : Moral and Social Implications of Creating Life in the Laboratory. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press; 2009. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=259229&custid=s8280428. Accessed January 21, 2020.
    • APA:
      Parke, E. C., & Bedau, M. (2009). The Ethics of Protocells : Moral and Social Implications of Creating Life in the Laboratory. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=259229&custid=s8280428
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Parke, Emily C., and Mark Bedau. 2009. The Ethics of Protocells : Moral and Social Implications of Creating Life in the Laboratory. Basic Bioethics. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=259229&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      Parke, E. C. and Bedau, M. (2009) The Ethics of Protocells : Moral and Social Implications of Creating Life in the Laboratory. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press (Basic Bioethics). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=259229&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 21 January 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Parke, EC & Bedau, M 2009, The Ethics of Protocells : Moral and Social Implications of Creating Life in the Laboratory, Basic Bioethics, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass, viewed 21 January 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Parke, Emily C., and Mark Bedau. The Ethics of Protocells : Moral and Social Implications of Creating Life in the Laboratory. The MIT Press, 2009. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=259229&custid=s8280428.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Parke, Emily C., and Mark Bedau. The Ethics of Protocells : Moral and Social Implications of Creating Life in the Laboratory. Basic Bioethics. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press, 2009. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=259229&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Parke EC, Bedau M. The Ethics of Protocells : Moral and Social Implications of Creating Life in the Laboratory [Internet]. Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press; 2009 [cited 2020 Jan 21]. (Basic Bioethics). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=259229&custid=s8280428