Biosecurity and open-source biology: the promise and peril of distributed synthetic biological technologies

Nicholas Evans, Michael Selgelid

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    Abstract

    In this article, we raise ethical concerns about the potential misuse of open-source biology (OSB): biological research and development that progresses through an organisational model of radical openness, deskilling, and innovation. We compare this organisational structure to that of the open-source software model, and detail salient ethical implications of this model. We demonstrate that OSB, in virtue of its commitment to openness, may be resistant to governance attempts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1065-1083
    Number of pages19
    JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
    Volume21
    Issue number4
    Early online date2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

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