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Gregory E. Kaebnick

Gregory E. Kaebnick is a Research Scholar at the Hastings Center, editor of the Hastings Center Report, and editor of the book The Ideal of Nature: Debates about Biotechnology and the Environment.

Titles by This Editor

Artificial Life and the Bounds of Nature

Synthetic biology, which aims to design and build organisms that serve human needs, has potential applications that range from producing biofuels to programming human behavior. The emergence of this new form of biotechnology, however, raises a variety of ethical questions—first and foremost, whether synthetic biology is intrinsically troubling in moral terms. Is it an egregious example of scientists “playing God”?