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

13.08.-18.08.2013

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

13.08.2013

18:00 - 20:00 International Evening Culture

14.08.-13.08.2013

BarCamp: Transformations Seminar

15.08.2013

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