Discourses on synthetic biology in Europe, India and China

Virgil Rerimassie*, Dirk Stemerding, Wenxia Zhang, Krishna Ravi Srinivas

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This chapter consists of a comparative analysis of emerging debates on synthetic biology in the European Union, China and India. After briefly introducing synthetic biology as a new and emerging science, it maps and compares the emerging debates on synthetic biology in the three regions, focusing on a number of different discourses respectively relating to innovation, risk, and power and control. In addition, the chapter discusses and analyses the role of public and ethics debates as crosscutting and reflective discourses. It considers how these discourses have evolved, what the dominant themes and issues are, which actors are involved and how the discourses have been informed by the value systems and socioeconomic development in the three regions. In conclusion the governance challenges resulting from these discourses are considered.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience and Technology Governance and Ethics
Subtitle of host publicationA Global Perspective from Europe, India and China
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783319146935
ISBN (Print)9783319146928
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Discourse
  • Ethics
  • Policy
  • Synthetic biology
  • Values


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