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The Bioethics group deals with the ethical and social issues of synthetic biology/microbiology in general and SYNMIKRO in particular. While public debate moves between the poles of general rejection and unreserved approval the task is to establish a liable ethical debate grounded on a realistic and concrete assessment that can as well provide orientation to the involved scientists as solid information to the public.
The AG Bioethics contributes a study that develops a model for the ethical assessment of synthetic biology/microbiology. The “Stufenmodell” grades the research and applications into different levels from ethically unproblematic, nowadays common and widely accepted techniques (e.g. technology-derived proteins: insulin for diabetis) to more problematic and riskier procedures up to ideas that are entirely speculative on the basis of current scientific knowledge. With this method of gradual differentiation the study takes interest in a realistic ethical reflection that forms a consequentialist point of view.