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General Reading

  • J. L. Austin : How to do things with Words : The William James Lectures delivered at Harvard University in 1955. Ed. J. O. Urmson. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962
  • Judith Butler : Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative. Ed Routledge. 1997
  • Hannah Arendt : Eichmann in Jerusalem : A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963)
  • R. B. Merton : The Normative Structure of Science (1942)
  • Thomas Hobbes :
    • The Elements of Law, Natural and Politic 1640
    • Philosophicall Rudiments concerning Government and Society 1651
    • Leviathan, or the Matter, Forme, and Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiasticall and Civil 1651


  • Delft ethics reports in the IGEM 08 competition Life to Lego : [1]
  • Ethique, médecine et société Dir Emmanuel Hirsch, Ed Vuibert : Articles "L’émergence de la bioéthique", "Les biotechnologies, un nouveau paradigme de recherche"
  • Dictionnaire d'histoire et philosophie des sciences Dir Dominique Lecourt, Ed PUF : Article "Bioéthique"

Science Studies

  • Evelyn Fox Keller
    • Refiguring Life: Metaphors of Twentieth-century Biology. The Wellek Library Lecture Series at the University of California, Irvine. Columbia University Press, 1995.
    • Keywords in Evolutionary Biology (co-edited with Elisabeth Lloyd). Harvard University Press, 1992
    • The Century of the Gene. Harvard University Press, 2000.

  • Emily Martin : The egg and the sperm : How science has constructed a romance based on stereotypical male-female roles. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 1991, vol. 16, no. 31 [2]

  • Donna Haraway :
    • A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century, 1985 french version [3] english version [4]
    • Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspectives, in Feminist Studies, 1988, pp. 575–599.
    • Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium.FemaleMan©Meets_OncoMouse™: Feminism and Technoscience, New York: Routledge, 1997

  • Bruno Latour :
    • with Steve Woolgar, Laboratory Life: the Social Construction of Scientific Facts, Sage, Los Angeles, USA, 1979
    • Science In Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers Through Society, Harvard University Press, Cambridge Mass., USA, 1987
    • We have never been modern (tr. by Catherine Porter), Harvard University Press, Cambridge Mass., USA, 1993

  • Larry Stewart : Other centres of calculation, or, where the royal society didn't count : commerce, coffe-houses and natural philosophy in early modern London British journal for the history of science 1999, vol. 32

  • Eric Sartori : Histoire des femmes scientifiques de l’Antiquité au XXe siècle Plon 1999.

  • Marie-Angèle Hermitte : La fondation juridique d'une société des sciences et des techniques par les crises et les risques. in Mélanges Prieur, Dalloz, 2007

  • Dominique Pestre : Introduction au science studies La Découverte 2006.

  • Michel Callon, Pierre Lascoumes, Yannick Barthe : Agir dans un monde incertain. Essai sur la démocratie technique Paris, Le Seuil 2001

  • Kaushik Sunder Rajan : Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life Duke University Press May 30, 2006

Institutional text and researchs

  • Synbiosafe : Safety and Ethical Aspects of Synthetic Biology : [5]
  • Centre d'analyse stratégique : Note de Veille n°136/137 (juin 2009) - Analyse / La biologie synthétique : de la bioingénierie à la bioéthique : [6]
  • Building Bridges Around Building Genomes : [7]


  • Mac Cowell's talk : "What is DIYbio in 4 minutes" : [8]

OpenSource initiatives

  • Drew Endy's talk at the 25C3 "Programming DNA" : [9]

  • Janet Hope's works :
    • Open source biotechnology: Why and How?
    • Cooperative Strategies for Facilitating Use of Patented Inventions in Biotechnology. Dianne Nicol and Janet Hope
    • Open source genetics: a conceptual framework. Regulatory Institutions Network, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200 Australia.

Biosafety and biosecurity

  • George M. Church : A Synthetic Biohazard Non-­proliferation Proposal [10]

  • Vivagora : []
    • Report of the talk Les enjeux « cognitifs » de la biologie synthétique [11] and [12]
    • Report of the talk Les enjeux sociétaux, culturels et géopolitiques de la biologie synthétique [13] and [14]
    • Report of the talk Enjeux industriels, économiques et sanitaires [15]

Naturality and Artificiality

  • Joachim Boldt et Olivier Müller : Newtons of the leaves of grass In Nature Biotechnology, Vol 26, Number 4, April 2008
  • Andrew Balm and Paul Martin, Institute for Science and Society from University of Nottingham Synthetic Biology. Social and Ethical Challenges