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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.

Speakers

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

Ph.D. Mark BEDAU

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

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

Ph.D Jamie DAVIES

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

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

Seminar Week

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kategorie: Alle PlenarySeminar

12.08.2013

17:00 - 17:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2013Plenary
17:15 - 17:30Opening Concert Part I: Premiere of "The Light of Experience"Plenary
17:30 - 18:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
19:00 - 19:30Opening Concert Part IIPlenary
19:30 - 21:00Presentation 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

20:00 - 22:00International EveningCulture

14.08.2013

19:00 - 00:00BarCamp: TransformationsSeminar

15.08.2013

18:00 - 19:30Authors in Conversation: The Revolt Against the West and its ValuesCulture