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    Nanoethics and the Breaching of Boundaries: A Heuristic for Going From Encouragement to a Fuller Integration of Ethical, Legal and Social Issues and Science: Commentary On: “Adding to the Mix: Integrating ELSI Into a National Nanoscale Science and Technology Center”. [REVIEW]Julio R. Tuma - 2011 - Science and Engineering Ethics 17 (4):761-767.
    The intersection of ELSI and science forms a complicated nexus yet their integration is an important goal both for society and for the successful advancement of science. In what follows, I present a heuristic that makes boundary identification and crossing an important tool in the discovery of potential areas of ethical, legal, and social concern in science. A dynamic and iterative application of the heuristic can lead towards a fuller integration and appreciation of the concerns of ELSI and of science (...)
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    Biological Boundaries and the Vertebrate Immune System.Julio R. Tuma - 2009 - Biological Theory 4 (3):287-293.
    Biological boundaries are important because of what they reveal about the evolution of a lineage, the relationship between organisms of different lineages, the structure and function of particular subsystems of the organism, the interconnection between an organism and its environment, and a myriad of other important issues related to individuality, development, and evolution. Since there is no single unifying theory for all biological sciences, there are various possible theoretical characterizations of what counts as a biological boundary. Theoretical specificity is crucial (...)
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    Nanoethics in a Nanolab: Ethics Via Participation. [REVIEW]Julio R. Tuma - 2013 - Science and Engineering Ethics 19 (3):983-1005.
    A participant–observer who is both informed and interested in ethical issues, and is embedded within a nanotechnology research and development facility may be able to influence the ethical awareness of researchers in nanotechnology, and tease out the societal implications of the work being conducted. Two inter-disciplinary methods were employed: (1) regular involvement in the technical and scientific research at the facility by the participant–observer, and (2) repeated interactions and discussions between the participant–observer and the scientists. As a result of this (...)
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