When emerging biomedical technologies converge or collide

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Neuroethics is concerned with the ethical, legal, and policy issues raised by the neurosciences and their applications in medicine and society. However, neuroscience sometimes involves other emerging biomedical technologies, such as genetics, regenerative medicine, and synthetic biology, which generate their own ethics and policy conundrums. When emerging biomedical technologies converge or collide in a single project, application, or product, challenges are compounded. These challenges may be mitigated by the development of shared models for ethical analysis focused not on the details of a particular technology but rather on the nature of the class of technologies, such as whether they are emerging, rapidly evolving, and ethically contentious. These challenges and characteristics, and a framework approach to managing them, are the focus of this chapter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeuroethics
Subtitle of host publicationAnticipating the Future
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780198786832
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Emerging technology
  • Ethics
  • Genetics
  • Policy
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Synthetic biology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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