Synthetic Biology

Michael John Selgelid, Nicholas Evans

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Synthetic biology is a techno-scientific discipline with the declared goal of rationally engineering biological systems. Despite its considerable promise - regarding applications in medicine, energy, environmental remediation, and agriculture - synthetic biology raises numerous ethical issues pertaining to intellectual property, the creation of novel life forms, biosafety, and biosecurity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Global Bioethics
EditorsHenk ten Have
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783319094830
ISBN (Print)9783319094823
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Synthetic biology
  • Genomics
  • Intellectual property
  • Genetically modified organisms
  • Justice
  • Biosafety
  • Biosecurity
  • Dual use

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