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|Quotation:||Torgersen, Helge; Hampel, Jürgen (2012) Calling controversy: assessing synthetic biology’s conflict potential. Public Understanding of Science, Bd. 21 (2), S. 134-148 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0963...|
|Short Description:||Will synthetic biology elicit controversies similar to genetically modified crops before? Maybe, but where exactly are the analogies, and how can we gain substantial insights rather than mere guesses? We argue that apart from the intrinsic properties of the technologies at stake, the context of their implementation is decisive. To assess mechanisms of past and potential controversies, an investigative tool is presented. The Gate Resonance model, derived from older models of societal conflict, allows identifying key elements of conflict generating processes. Monitoring the developing debate on synthetic biology using this model, analogies to the case of genetically modified crops appear less suggestive. So far, there are only few indications that a controversy is imminent.|
|Institution:||Institute of Technology Assessment (OeAW ITA)|