The study of socioethical issues in systems biology

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The study of socioethical issues in systems biology

Show simple item record O'Malley, Maureen A. en_GB Calvert, Jane en_GB Dupré, John en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB 2009-01-21T14:35:02Z en_GB 2011-01-25T10:54:45Z en_US 2013-03-20T15:59:59Z 2007-04 en_GB
dc.description.abstract Systems biology is the rapidly growing and heavily funded successor science to genomics. Its mission is to integrate extensive bodies of molecular data into a detailed mathematical understanding of all life processes, with an ultimate view to their prediction and control. Despite its high profile and widespread practice, there has so far been almost no bioethical attention paid to systems biology and its potential social consequences. We outline some of systems biology's most important socioethical issues by contrasting the concept of systems as dynamic processes against the common static interpretation of genomes. New issues arise around systems biology's capacities for in silico testing, changing cultural understandings of life, synthetic biology, and commercialization. We advocate an interdisciplinary and interactive approach that integrates social and philosophical analysis and engages closely with the science. Overall, we argue that systems biology socioethics could stimulate new ways of thinking about socioethical studies of life sciences. en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship ESRC; AHRC en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 7(4), pp.67-78 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_GB
dc.relation.url en_GB
dc.subject systems biology en_GB
dc.subject genomics en_GB
dc.subject bioethics en_GB
dc.subject socioethics en_GB
dc.subject life sciences en_GB
dc.subject ELSI en_GB
dc.subject genetics en_GB
dc.title The study of socioethical issues in systems biology en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB 2009-01-21T14:35:02Z en_GB 2011-01-25T10:54:45Z en_US 2013-03-20T15:59:59Z
dc.identifier.issn 1526-5161 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal American Journal of Bioethics en_GB

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