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Our synthetic future

Nature Biotechnology volume 27, pages 11031105 (2009) | Download Citation


Two prominent ethicists provide their views on the ethical debates surrounding synthetic biology.

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  1. Nigel M. de S. Cameron is at the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies, Washington, DC, USA.

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  2. Arthur Caplan is at the Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

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