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    Synthetic Biology Ethics: A Deontological Assessment.Patrick Heavey - 2013 - Bioethics 27 (8):442-452.
    In this article I discuss the ethics of synthetic biology from a broadly deontological perspective, evaluating its morality in terms of the integrity of nature, the dignity of life and the relationship between God and his creation. Most ethical analyses to date have been largely consequentialist in nature; they reveal a dual use dilemma, showing that synbio has potential for great good and great evil, possibly more so than any step humanity has taken before. A deontological analysis may help to (...)
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    The Irish Healthcare System: A Morality Tale.Patrick Heavey - 2019 - Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 28 (2):276-302.
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    Integrating Ethical Analysis “Into the DNA” of Synthetic Biology.Patrick Heavey - 2015 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 18 (1):121-127.
    Current ethical analysis tends to evaluate synthetic biology at an overview level. Synthetic biology, however, is an umbrella term that covers a variety of areas of research. These areas contain, in turn, a hierarchy of different research fields. This abstraction hierarchy—the term is borrowed from engineering—permits synthetic biologists to specialise to a very high degree. Though synthetic biology per se may create profound ethical challenges, much of the day-to-day research does not. Yet seemingly innocuous research could lead to ethically problematic (...)
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    Global Health Justice and Governance for Synthetic Biology.Patrick Heavey - 2012 - American Journal of Bioethics 12 (12):64-65.
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    Synthetic Biology: The Response of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community.Patrick Heavey - 2017 - Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 26 (2):257-266.
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    Consequentialism and the Synthetic Biology Problem.Patrick Heavey - 2017 - Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 26 (2):206-229.
    :This article analyzes the ethics of synthetic biology from a consequentialist perspective, examining potential effects on food and agriculture, and on medicine, fuel, and the advancement of science. The issues of biosafety and biosecurity are also examined. A consequentialist analysis offers an essential road map to policymakers and regulators as to how to deal with synbio. Additionally, the article discusses the limitations of consequentialism as a tool for analysing synbioethics. Is it possible to predict, with any degree of plausibility, what (...)
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    The Place of God in Synthetic Biology: How Will the Catholic Church Respond?Patrick Heavey - 2013 - Bioethics 27 (1):36-47.
    Some religious believers may see synthetic biology as usurping God's creative role. The Catholic Church has yet to issue a formal teaching on the field (though it has issued some informal statements in response to Craig Venter's development of a ‘synthetic’ cell). In this paper I examine the likely reaction of the Catholic Magisterium to synthetic biology in its entirety. I begin by examining the Church's teaching role, from its own viewpoint, to set the necessary backround and context for the (...)
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    Serious Ethical Violations in Medicine: The Irish Situation.Patrick Heavey - 2019 - American Journal of Bioethics 19 (1):39-41.
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