Synthetic Biology

the technoscience and its societal consequences

Editors: Schmidt, M., Kelle, A., Ganguli-Mitra, A., de Vriend, H. (Eds.)

  • Offers comprehensive coverage of the societal aspects of a new and very powerful technology
  • Serves as an authoritative resource to the opportunities and risks of synthetic biology
  • Will lay the foundation for additional research in the field
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Synthetic biology is becoming one of the most dynamic new fields of biology, with the potential to revolutionize the way we do biotechnology today. By applying the toolbox of engineering disciplines to biology, a whole set of potential applications become possible ranging very widely across scientific and engineering disciplines. Some of the potential benefits of synthetic biology, such as the development of low-cost drugs or the production of chemicals and energy by engineered bacteria are enormous. There are, however, also potential and perceived risks due to deliberate or accidental damage. Also, ethical issues of synthetic biology just start being explored, with hardly any ethicists specifically focusing on the area of synthetic biology. This book will be the first of its kind focusing particularly on the safety, security and ethical concerns and other relevant societal aspects of this new emerging field. The foreseen impact of this book will be to stimulate a debate on these societal issues at an early stage. Past experiences, especially in the field of GM-crops and stem cells, have shown the importance of an early societal debate. The community and informed stakeholders recognize this need, but up to now discussions are fragmentary. This book will be the first comprehensive overview on relevant societal issues of synthetic biology, setting the scene for further important discussions within the scientific community and with civil society.

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“The volume is the first of its kind to collate all key social aspects of Synthetic Biology in one place. … The eleven chapters contained in this book, that cover important societal implications of innovations in Synthetic Biology, are well-researched and articulated. … for anyone who is interested in forwarding their knowledge in the area of modern biotechnological innovation, its applications, and its implications.” (Ambika Natarajan, Nanoethics, Vol. 10, 2016)

“This work discuss the principles of genetic engineering and the development of novel applications of biological systems through computational design. … The writing throughout is clear and easily understandable for all readers, the sectional headings provide easy references for novice audiences, and the breadth of topics identify the key issues for the field. Synthetic Biology has broad appeal for students studying biology, ethics, law, and potentially business. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All collections.” (D. L. Beach, Choice, Vol. 47 (9), May, 2010)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Schmidt, Markus

    Pages 1-4

  • That Was the Synthetic Biology That Was

    Campos, Luis

    Pages 5-21

  • An Introduction to Synthetic Biology

    Lam, Carolyn M.C. (et al.)

    Pages 23-48

  • Computational Design in Synthetic Biology

    Suarez, Maria (et al.)

    Pages 49-63

  • The Ethics of Synthetic Biology: Outlining the Agenda

    Deplazes, Anna (et al.)

    Pages 65-79

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eBook $169.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $219.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9072-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Synthetic Biology
Book Subtitle
the technoscience and its societal consequences
Editors
  • Markus Schmidt
  • Alexander Kelle
  • Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra
  • Huib de Vriend
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-2678-1
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-2678-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-2677-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9072-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 186
Topics