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Synthetic Biology and the Goals of Conservation

Lean, Christopher (2023) Synthetic Biology and the Goals of Conservation. [Preprint]

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The introduction of new genetic material into wild populations, using novel biotechnology, has the potential to fortify populations against existential threats, and, controversially, create wild genetically modified populations. I discuss and problematize, in light of genetic intervention, what I consider the three core goals of conservation: biodiversity, ecosystem services, and wilderness. This uneasy relationship, however, does not forgo the use of such interventions. Instead, it highlights the need for serious intellectual work to be done for us to reconsider our ethical duties to nature at times of global environmental and technological change.

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Item Type: Preprint
Lean, Christopherchristopher.hunter.lean@gmail.com0000-0001-5722-6471
Keywords: Synthetic Biology; Wilderness; Biodiversity; Ecosystem Services; Conservation.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Depositing User: Dr Christopher Lean
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2022 14:36
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 14:36
Item ID: 21381
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Date: 2023

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