MaxSynBio – Max Planck Research Network in Synthetic Biology. Cluster D: Ethical and Societal Challenges within Synthetic Biology

Third Party Funds Group - Sub project

Overall project details

Overall project: MaxSynBio – Max Planck Research Network in Synthetic Biology

Project Details

Project leader:
Prof. Dr. Peter Dabrock
Dr. Matthias Braun
Dr. Sandra Fernau

Contributing FAU Organisations:
Lehrstuhl für Systematische Theologie II (Ethik)

Funding source: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
Funding source: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Start date: 01/08/2014
End date: 31/07/2020

Research Fields

Ethik der Lebensformen
Lehrstuhl für Systematische Theologie II (Ethik)
Metaethische Fragen in fundamentaltheologischer Perspektive (Gesundheit und Krankheit, Leiblichkeit)
Lehrstuhl für Systematische Theologie II (Ethik)

Abstract (technical / expert description):

Synthetic Biology (SB) as one of the currently leading fields of so called emerging biotechnologies does not only promise new scientific insights into the organization of complex systems as well as possible applications for societal challenges but does also evoke several ethical, societal and governmental challenges. Within the first funding period we focus on the ethical questions colligated with SB on the one hand and the societal and especially participatory questions linked with the roots of SB as a part of the Do-it-Yourself-Biology movement as well as a citizens science approach. During the second funding period we will proceed with the work on developing modes for a governmental frame of responsible research and innovation in Synthetic Biology. Furthermore we will continue with the started work on technological innovation and modes of public participation at the interface of science and society as well as figure out the role of philosophical and theological concepts in dealing with processes of developing a synthetic cell. 


Braun, M., & Dabrock, P. (2016). "I bet you won't": The science-society wager on gene editing techniques. WILEY-BLACKWELL.
Matern, H., Braun, M., Ried, J., & Dabrock, P. (2015). Living Machines. On the Genesis and Systematic Implications of a Leading Metaphor of Synthetic Biology. In Boldt J (Eds.), Synthetic biology. Metaphors, Worldviews, Ethics, and Law. (pp. 47-60). Basel.
Braun, M., Starkbaum, J., & Dabrock, P. (2015). Safe and Sound? Scientists' Understandings of Public Engagement in Emerging Biotechnologies. PLoS ONE, 10(12).
Braun, M., Ried, J., & Dabrock, P. (2015). Synthetic Biology and Its Envisioned Significance for Modern Medicine. In Schramme, Thomas; Edwards, Steven (Eds.), Handbook of the Philosophy of Medicine. (pp. 1-12). Heidelberg: Springer.
Starkbaum, J., Braun, M., & Dabrock, P. (2015). The synthetic biology puzzle: a qualitative study on public reflections towards a governance framework. Systems and synthetic biology.

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