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Biosecurity and Open-Source Biology: The Promise and Peril of Distributed Synthetic Biological Technologies

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In this article, we raise ethical concerns about the potential misuse of open-source biology (OSB): biological research and development that progresses through an organisational model of radical openness, deskilling, and innovation. We compare this organisational structure to that of the open-source software model, and detail salient ethical implications of this model. We demonstrate that OSB, in virtue of its commitment to openness, may be resistant to governance attempts.

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Evans, N. G., & Selgelid, M. J. (2015). Biosecurity and Open-Source Biology: The Promise and Peril of Distributed Synthetic Biological Technologies. Science and Engineering Ethics, (4), 1065–1083. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-014-9591-3

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