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The Acceptability of the Risks of Protocells

Carl Cranor

in The Ethics of Protocells

Published by The MIT Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780262012621
Published online August 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780262255301 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7551/mitpress/9780262012621.003.0004
The Acceptability of the Risks of Protocells

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This chapter describes how society perceives the risk of protocells, using examples from the chemical and genomics industries to draw conclusions about the perceived acceptability of protocell technology and the proper way to manage the accompanying risks. It argues that any risks posed by protocells are likely to be among the most unacceptable risks to the public. This chapter suggests some of the institutional features that would assist in determining any risks from protocell products, and ideally prevent risks from arising that could cause harm to public health and the environment.

Keywords: society; risks; protocells; public health; environment

Chapter.  8034 words. 

Subjects: Bioethics

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