Synthetic Biology

Metaphors, Worldviews, Ethics, and Law

  • Joachim Boldt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. I Concepts, Metaphors, Worldviews

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Jan C. Schmidt
      Pages 13-29
    3. Oliver Müller
      Pages 31-45
    4. Harald Matern, Jens Ried, Matthias Braun, Peter Dabrock
      Pages 47-60
    5. Tobias Eichinger
      Pages 61-70
    6. Harald Matern
      Pages 71-86
    7. Bernadette Bensaude Vincent
      Pages 87-100
    8. Johannes Achatz
      Pages 101-119
  3. II Public Good and Private Ownership. Social and Legal Ramifications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Jürgen Robienski, Jürgen Simon, Rainer Paslack
      Pages 123-140
  4. III Opportunities, Risks, Governance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Christoph Then
      Pages 185-194
    3. Bernd Giese, Henning Wigger, Christian Pade, Arnim von Gleich
      Pages 195-215
    4. Harald König, Daniel Frank, Reinhard Heil, Christopher Coenen
      Pages 217-232
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 233-234

About this book


Synthetic biology is an emerging technology that aims to design and engineer DNA and molecular structures of single cell organisms. Existing organisms can be altered, novel organisms can be created. In doing so, synthetic biology makes use of specific technoscientific understandings of living beings. This volume sets out to explore and assess synthetic biology and its notions of life from philosophical, ethical, social, and legal perspectives. 

Concepts, Metaphors, Worldviews.- Public Good and Private Ownership.Social and Legal Ramifications.- Opportunities, Risks, Governance.

Target Groups
Scholars of sociology, philosophy, theory of science, history of science, biology, engineering
Politicians and policymakers

The Editor
Dr. Joachim Boldt is Deputy Director at the Institut für Ethik und Geschichte der Medizin in Freiburg, Germany.


Bioethics Biology Living Machines Robots Synthetic Biology

Editors and affiliations

  • Joachim Boldt
    • 1
  1. 1.Albert-Ludwigs-Universität FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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