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Transdisciplinary Interfaces and Innovation in the Life Sciences


Edited By Eunsook Hyun, Rainer Paslack and Hilmar Stolte

Life science comprises any of the branches of natural science dealing with the structure and behavior of living organisms and their relationships to one another and the environment. By presenting the proceedings of three transdisciplinary transatlantic workshops, this book deals with the interface among the ever expanding fields of molecular biology, nano-technology and synthetic biology as well as the subsequent ethical issues and the need for regulations. In this context the book emphasizes the role of regulations and ethical practices in clinical research, and points out the different approaches used in Europe and the USA. Clinical research was discussed from the perspective that medicine is and should always be a socially responsive human engagement advancing the condition of the living.
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To Create and Control Life – A Critical View on Synthetic Biology – Rainer Paslack


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To Create and Control Life – A Critical View on Synthetic Biology

Rainer Paslack

As has often been said, synthetic biology is one, and perhaps the most ambitious research program to apply nanobiological methods in the fields of biology, medicine, environmental technologies, and some others. But first of all: synthetic biology is the attempt to create and to control life. Indeed, this sounds very ambitious! And it will be one of the purposes of this article to examine whether – and in what respect – this aspiration is justified.

1. Synthetic biology – Aims and methods

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