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13: Synthetic Biology: Social and Ethical Implications

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This seminar will review some of the main scientific and technological achievements in contemporary synthetic biology, including examples of genome re-engineering and synthesis and creating synthetic cells and protocells. The complex causal networks in synthetic life forms have many unpredictable “emergent” properties. A key challenge in synthetic biology is to manage this complexity and control desired emergent properties. Innovative solutions include a standardisation of the parts, components and chassis, genomic refactoring, directed evolution, high-throughput screening and an automated design of experiments. The emergent properties of synthetic life forms also have many ethical and social repercussions. Examples include that scientists are accused of playing God, attenuating or undermining the meaning and intrinsic value of all forms of life including humans, as well as appeals to apply contemporary methods of risk analysis and the precautionary principle.

Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Reed College; Adjunct Professor of Systems Science, Portland State University, Portland
Professor of Experimental Anatomy, Centre for Integrative Physiology, University of Edinburgh

Ph.D. Mark BEDAU

Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Reed College; Adjunct Professor of Systems Science, Portland State University, Portland

Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College, Hanover Associate Professor, Reed College, Portland Visiting Professor of Zoology, University of Oklahoma, Norman Research Scientist in Electronic Engineering, Dublin City University, Dublin Director of ISSP, University of Southern Denmark, Odense
1985-1991
1992-2000
2000-2002
2005
2009-2011

Ph.D Jamie DAVIES

Professor of Experimental Anatomy, Centre for Integrative Physiology, University of Edinburgh

PhD Student, University of Cambridge Research Fellow, University of Southampton Research Fellow, University of Manchester Lecturer, University of Edinburgh Reader, University of Edinburgh
1986-1989
1989-1991
1991-1995
1995-2004
2004-2007

Seminar Week

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12.08.2013

15:00 - 15:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2013Plenary
15:15 - 15:30Opening Concert Part I: Premiere of “The Light of Experience”Plenary
15:30 - 16:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
17:00 - 17:30Opening Concert Part IIPlenary
17:30 - 19:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary

13.08.-18.08.2013

Seminar 01: New Approaches to Security – Cooperation, Concentration and IntegrationSeminar
Seminar 02: Open Data, Open Government, Open Society?Seminar
Seminar 03: Democratic Interventionism or Responsibility to Protect?Seminar
Seminar 04: Motivation – A Biological and Social BaseSeminar
Seminar 05: Values in ScienceSeminar
Seminar 06: Exploring the Universe: Competition or Cooperation?Seminar
Seminar 07: Between Faith and Atheism – Values and the Variety of Spiritual ExperiencesSeminar
Seminar 08: The Evil in ArtSeminar
Seminar 09: The Role of the European Court of Human Rights in Protecting and Developing an Open SocietySeminar
Seminar 10: Power and CyberspaceSeminar
Seminar 11: What Kind of Foreign Policy – Value-Based or Realpolitik?Seminar
Seminar 12: Human Appropriation of Natural Resources  Challenges, Constraints and Ethical AspectsSeminar
Seminar 13: Synthetic Biology: Social and Ethical ImplicationsSeminar
Seminar 14: Roots of European ValuesSeminar
Seminar 15: Irrational Behaviour of Individuals: Implications for Economic PolicySeminar
Seminar 16: Experiences in Migration and Integration: A Cultural ApproachSeminar

13.08.2013

18:00 - 20:00International EveningCulture

14.08.-13.08.2013

BarCamp: TransformationsSeminar

15.08.2013

16:00 - 17:30Authors in Conversation: The Revolt Against the West and its ValuesCulture