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Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine: An International Journal

ISSN Print: 2151-805X
ISSN Online: 2151-8068

Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine: An International Journal

DOI: 10.1615/EthicsBiologyEngMed.v1.i1.70
pages 77-78

Rethinking Life

Arthur L. Caplan
Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Chair, Division of Medical Ethics NYU Langone Medical Center New York, NY 10016; Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, USA

ABSTRACT

The aggressive exploration of genetics and bioengineering is warranted not just because of the huge potential for positive benefit for humanity, but also because the work informs in important ways our sense of place in the universe. Synthetic biology is an example of just the kind of power that cutting edge research in the biological sciences exerts on the worldview we hold as to our place in nature and the nature of life itself.