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    Colin Salter (forthcoming). Inquiring Into Animal Enhancement: Model or Counter-Model of Human Enhancement? NanoEthics:1-4.
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    Simone van der Burg (forthcoming). A Lay Ethics Quest for Technological Futures: About Tradition, Narrative and Decision-Making. NanoEthics:1-12.
    Making better choices about future technologies that are being researched or developed is an important motivator behind lay ethics interventions. However, in practice, they do not always succeed to serve that goal. Especially authors who have noted that lay ethicists sometimes take recourse to well-known themes which stem from old, even ‘archetypical’ stories, have been criticized for making too little room for agency and decision-making in their approach. This paper aims to contribute to a reflection on how lay ethics can (...)
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    Mirko Ancillotti, Virgil Rerimassie, Stefanie B. Seitz & Walburg Steurer (forthcoming). An Update of Public Perceptions of Synthetic Biology: Still Undecided? NanoEthics:1-17.
    The discourse on the fundamental issues raised by synthetic biology, such as biosafety and biosecurity, intellectual property, environmental consequences and ethical and societal implications, is still open and controversial. This, coupled with the potential and risks the field holds, makes it one of the hottest topics in technology assessment today. How a new technology is perceived by the public influences the manner in which its products and applications will be received. Therefore, it is important to learn how people perceive synthetic (...)
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    Clemens Blümel (forthcoming). Enrolling the Toggle Switch: Visionary Claims and the Capability of Modeling Objects in the Disciplinary Formation of Synthetic Biology. NanoEthics:1-19.
    Synthetic biology is a research field that has grown rapidly and attracted considerable attention. Most prominently, it has been labelled the ‘engineering of biology’. While other attempts to label the field have been also pursued, the program of engineering can be considered the core of the field’s disciplinary program, of its identity. This article addresses the success of the ‘engineering program’ in synthetic biology and argues that its success can partly be explained by distinct practices of persuasion that aim at (...)
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  5. Christopher Coenen (forthcoming). Technoscience in Society: A Diversity of Interfaces. NanoEthics:1-3.
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  6. Solveig Lena Hansen & Sabine Wöhlke (forthcoming). Contrasting Medical Technology with Deprivation and Social Vulnerability. Lessons for the Ethical Debate on Cloning and Organ Transplantation Through the Film Never Let Me Go. NanoEthics:1-12.
    In the film Never Let Me Go, clones are forced to donate their organs anonymously. As a work of fiction, this film can be regarded as a negotiation of limited agency, since the clones are depicted as vulnerable individuals. Thereby, it evokes a confrontation with underprivileged positions in technocratic societies, encouraging the audience to take the perspective of the marginalised. The clones are situated in ‘privileged deprivation’; from the audience’s point of view, they are unable to evolve into autonomous agents—but (...)
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    Ambika Natarajan (forthcoming). Defining a Discipline: Two Important Volumes on Synthetic Biology. NanoEthics:1-3.
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    Virgil Rerimassie (forthcoming). Exploring Political Views on Synthetic Biology in the Netherlands. NanoEthics:1-20.
    Synthetic biology may be an important source of progress as well as societal and political conflict. Against this backdrop, several technology assessment organizations have been seeking to contribute to timely societal and political opinion-making on synthetic biology. The Rathenau Instituut, based in the Netherlands, is one of these organizations. In 2011, the institute organized a ‘Meeting of Young Minds’: a young people’s debate between ‘future synthetic biologists’ and ‘future politicians’. The former were represented by participants in the international Genetically Engineered (...)
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  9. Stefanie B. Seitz & Kristin Hagen (forthcoming). Inter- and Transdisciplinary Interfaces in Synthetic Biology. NanoEthics:1-4.
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    Shannon Lydia Spruit, Ibo Poel & Neelke Doorn (forthcoming). Informed Consent in Asymmetrical Relationships: An Investigation Into Relational Factors That Influence Room for Reflection. NanoEthics:1-16.
    In recent years, informed consent has been suggested as a way to deal with risks posed by engineered nanomaterials. We argue that while we can learn from experiences with informed consent in treatment and research contexts, we should be aware that informed consent traditionally pertains to certain features of the relationships between doctors and patients and researchers and research participants, rather than those between producers and consumers and employers and employees, which are more prominent in the case of engineered nanomaterials. (...)
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    Haico te Kulve, Kornelia Konrad, Carla Alvial Palavicino & Bart Walhout (forthcoming). Context Matters: Promises and Concerns Regarding Nanotechnologies for Water and Food Applications. NanoEthics.
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    Cyprien Verseux, Carlos G. Acevedo-Rocha, Fabio Chizzolini & Lynn J. Rothschild (forthcoming). Misconceptions of Synthetic Biology: Lessons From an Interdisciplinary Summer School. NanoEthics:1-10.
    In 2014, an international group of scholars from various fields analysed the “societal dimensions” of synthetic biology in an interdisciplinary summer school. Here, we report and discuss the biologists’ observations on the general perception of synthetic biology by non-biologists who took part in this event. Most attendees mainly associated synthetic biology with contributions from the best-known public figures of the field, rarely mentioning other scientists. Media extrapolations of those contributions appeared to have created unrealistic expectations and irrelevant fears that were (...)
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