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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199545520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545520.001.0001

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Synthetic Biology and (Re)productive Liberties: Biosecurity, Biosecrecy, and Regulating New Technologies with Futures in Mind

Synthetic Biology and (Re)productive Liberties: Biosecurity, Biosecrecy, and Regulating New Technologies with Futures in Mind

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(p.238) 14 Synthetic Biology and (Re)productive Liberties: Biosecurity, Biosecrecy, and Regulating New Technologies with Futures in Mind
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Law and Bioethics
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Robin Mackenzie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545520.003.0014

This chapter aims to map relatively unexplored territories within the discursive environment surrounding the ethics and regulation of (re)productive liberties associated with synthetic biology. It argues that new technologies place an obligation upon us to regulate with possible futures in mind. Reading path-dependence as opportunity cost, if the adverse consequences of unfortunate choices are to be minimized, we must engage in the continuous iterative evaluations of regulatory structures variously characterized in terms of being ‘smart’ regulation or the denaturalization of biorisk.

Keywords:   bioethics, reproduction, law, synthetic biology

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