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Common origins and the ethics of planetary seeding

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-206
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal Of Astrobiology
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

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Abstract

Faced with a choice between attempting to seed another world with terrestrially-sourced microbes (with which we would have a shared origin) and microbes sourced from elsewhere within the solar system (whose origins might therefore differ), would we have any non-instrumental ethical reason to favour the terrestrial microbes? What follows will argue that we might well have some such reason although it could not be overriding.

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