NanoEthics

ISSNs: 1871-4757, 1871-4765

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  1. Addressing Multiple Responsibilities in the Early Stages of R&D with Provenance Assessment.Janine Gondolf - 2024 - NanoEthics 18 (2):1-15.
    A wealth of literature and best practices on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) document how it can be implemented in projects. However, each project is too specific to simply replicate existing patterns. Especially in early projects with a high degree of uncertainty, where indicators and measures cannot be applied, the so-called provenance assessment as a methodological change of perspective makes it possible to assess the procedural quality of research by means of narratives. A clear picture of the challenges for European (...)
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  2. Gene Editing Cattle for Enhancing Heat Tolerance: A Welfare Review of the “PRLR-SLICK Cattle” Case.Mattia Pozzebon, Bernt Guldbrandtsen & Peter Sandøe - 2024 - NanoEthics 18 (2):1-15.
    In March 2022 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a risk assessment of a recent animal gene editing proposal submitted by Acceligen™. The proposal concerned the possibility of changing the cattle genome to obtain a slicker, shorter hair coat. Using CRISPR-Cas9 it was possible to introduce an intentional genomic alteration (IGA) to the prolactin receptor gene (PRLR), thereby producing PRLR-SLICK cattle. The goal was to diminish heat stress in the cattle by enhancing their heat-tolerance. With regard to unintended (...)
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    Representations of (Nano)technology in Comics from the ‘NanoKOMIK’ Project.Sergio Urueña - 2024 - NanoEthics 18 (2):1-30.
    Representations of science and technology, embodied as imaginaries, visions, and expectations, have become a growing focus of analysis. These representations are of interest to normative approaches to science and technology, such as Hermeneutic Technology Assessment and Responsible Innovation, because of their ability to modulate understandings of science and technology and to influence scientific and technological development. This article analyses the culture of participation underlying the NanoKOMIK project and the representations and meanings of (nano)science and (nano)technology communicated in the two nano-fiction (...)
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    Reflection on Gene Editing from the Perspective of Biopolitics.Yuan Chen & Xiaoliang Luo - 2024 - NanoEthics 18 (1):1-7.
    The study examines the creation of gene-edited infants from the perspective of biopolitics. Through an analysis at the level of “body-power”, we show that the infants are a product of an advanced stage of biopolitics. On the other hand, considering the level of “space-power”, we indicate that the mechanism of space deepens the governance of population through biopower, leading to real conflicts between past and future in the present. The infants can be seen as “heterotopias of mirrors”, where super-reality replaces (...)
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    Quantum Technologies: a Hermeneutic Technology Assessment Approach.Luca M. Possati - 2024 - NanoEthics 18 (1):1-15.
    This paper develops a hermeneutic technology assessment of quantum technologies. It offers a “vision assessment” of quantum technologies that can eventually lead to socio-ethical analysis. Section 2 describes this methodological approach and in particular the concept of the hermeneutic circle applied to technology. Section 3 gives a generic overview of quantum technologies and their impacts. Sections 4 and 5 apply the hermeneutic technology assessment approach to the study of quantum technologies. Section 5 proposes distinguishing three levels in the analysis of (...)
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    Testing Reflexive Practitioner Dialogues: Capacities for Socio-technical Integration in Meditation Research.Mareike Smolka & Erik Fisher - 2024 - NanoEthics 18 (1):1-26.
    To put frameworks of Responsible Innovation and Responsible Research and Innovation (R(R)I) into practice, engagement methods have been developed to study and enhance technoscientific experts’ capacities to reflexively address value considerations in their work. These methods commonly rely on engagement between technoscientific experts and social scholars, which makes them vulnerable to structural barriers to interdisciplinary collaboration. To circumvent these barriers, we adapt Socio-Technical Integration Research (STIR) for broader use within technoscientific communities. We call this adaptation: reflexive practitioner dialogues. While the (...)
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    Roberto Marchesini, Technophysiology, or How Technology Modifies the Self, Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2023, 242pp. [REVIEW]Cosetta Veronese - 2024 - NanoEthics 18 (1):1-5.
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