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Professionalization as a Governance Strategy for Synthetic Biology

Weir, Lorna; Selgelid, Michael

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This article considers professionalization as a governance strategy for synthetic biology, reporting on social science interviews done with scientists, science journal editors, members of science advisory boards and authors of nongovernmental policy reports on synthetic biology. After summarizing their observations about the potential advantages and disadvantages of the professionalization of synthetic biology, we analyze professionalization as a strategy that overcomes dichotomies found in the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWeir, Lorna
dc.contributor.authorSelgelid, Michael
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:21:45Z
dc.identifier.issn1872-5325
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/20175
dc.description.abstractThis article considers professionalization as a governance strategy for synthetic biology, reporting on social science interviews done with scientists, science journal editors, members of science advisory boards and authors of nongovernmental policy reports on synthetic biology. After summarizing their observations about the potential advantages and disadvantages of the professionalization of synthetic biology, we analyze professionalization as a strategy that overcomes dichotomies found in the current debates about synthetic biology governance, specifically "top down" versus "bottom up" governance and scientific fact versus public values. Professionalization combines community and state, fact and value. Like all governance options, professionalization has limitations, particularly regarding war and peace. It is best conceptualized as potentially part of a wider range of governance mechanisms working in concert: a "web of prevention".
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.sourceSystems and Synthetic Biology
dc.subjectKeywords: Dual-use; Governance; Professionalization; Synthetic biology; Web of prevention
dc.titleProfessionalization as a Governance Strategy for Synthetic Biology
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume3
dc.date.issued2009
local.identifier.absfor220107 - Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
local.identifier.absfor220101 - Bioethics (human and animal)
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4379412xPUB11
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWeir, Lorna, York University
local.contributor.affiliationSelgelid, Michael, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1-4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage91
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage97
local.identifier.doi10.1007/s11693-009-9037-4
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:06:23Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-70350400390
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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