The benefits, risks, and threats of biotechnology

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The benefits, risks, and threats of biotechnology

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dc.contributor.author Rappert, Brian en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-07-18T11:30:19Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T10:54:28Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T15:51:44Z
dc.date.issued 2008-02 en_GB
dc.description.abstract This article considers how threats, risks, and benefits associated with research are defined in contemporary policy debates. Specifically, it examines what has become known as the ‘dual-use potential’ of life science research findings and techniques. Focus is given to the emerging dominant policy response of enacting oversight processes to weigh the risks and benefits of individual instances of research. The curiosity at the center of this article is how it is often said that any knowledge might be used for destructive ends but, in practice, it has been extremely rare that anything has even been identified as ‘of concern’. This situation raises basic questions about the purposes and prospects of oversight procedures. Various proposals are advanced in reply. These include better understanding how notions of the utility of research are constructed, searching for improved methods for assessing risks and benefits, attending to factors that might affect risk–benefit calculations, pursuing alternative questions and challenging fundamental tenants in policy discussions. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 35(1), pp.37-43 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.3152/030234207X276509 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/32453 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Beech Tree Publishing en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.scipol.co.uk/spp.htm en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/beech/spp/2008/00000035/00000001/art00006 en_GB
dc.subject life sciences en_GB
dc.subject scientific research en_GB
dc.subject biosciences en_GB
dc.subject biotechnology en_GB
dc.subject biological weapons en_GB
dc.subject research governance en_GB
dc.title The benefits, risks, and threats of biotechnology en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-07-18T11:30:19Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T10:54:28Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T15:51:44Z
dc.identifier.issn 0302-3427 en_GB
dc.description Published version reproduced with the permission of the publisher. en_GB
dc.identifier.eissn 1471-5430 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Science and Public Policy en_GB


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