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6)What do you understand by“Digital library of life”. Discuss the significance and  ethical issues involved in the project.(250 words)

Topic: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions

6)What do you understand by“Digital library of life”. Discuss the significance and  ethical issues involved in the project.(250 words)

The Hindu

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Why this question

“Digital library of life” is a research project than aims to create digital copies of the genetic code of all the eukaryotes. The project promises to open new vistas of understanding our nature. However, there are certain ethical issues involved in the project. The question is related to GS-4 syllabus- Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions

Key demand of the question

The question wants us to first write about the Digital library of life, what is its significance and then discuss in length about the ethical issues involved in the project.

Directive word

Discuss- we have to write in detail about both the aspects of the question viz. Digital library of life and ethical issues involved therein.

Structure of the answer

Introduction- introduce your answer by describing the meaning of the term, Digital library of life.

Body- divide the body into 2 main parts.

In one part, discuss in points about the significance of the project for the world ( e.g role in understanding nature, evolution etc) and also mention special significance for India ( experience sharing and contribution like in LIGO, capacity building etc. ).

In the other part, describe in points issues involve in such a project. E.g manipulation of nature issue, harming environment, boost to human genome editing etc)

Conclusion- give a fair, balanced and concise conclusion, in 1-2 lines, along with a few suggestions over the issue.

 

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