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“Do we have a moral obligation to synthesize organisms to increase biodiversity?” 9/9/13
Synthesizing organisms sounds ethical in that it would mean introducing more organisms to nature and in turn increase biodiversity. However, this article states otherwise. Two perspectives that were brought up were the ‘admiration stance’ and the ‘kinship stance.’ The admiration stance does not believe that there is a value in synthetic organisms and that we are not inherently obligated to create these organisms. The kinship stance, however, does believe in the value of synthetic organisms, but it still does not believe that humans have the responsibility of synthesizing more organisms. Instead, it believes that we should focus on changing the organisms that inhabit the world today. The article concludes that neither of these stances warrants a general moral obligation to create novel species to increase biodiversity.
Find the full text here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bioe.12051/full