1. To examine common social, ethical and legal issues raised by emerging biotechnologies, in particular the implications for policy, governance and public engagement.
2. To explore issues of benefits, harms, risk, precaution, uncertainty, public perception and intellectual property related to emerging biotechnologies.
3. To consider the above areas in light of the historical and social context in which biotechnologies have in the past developed and been received and managed.
4. To draft a report and make recommendations on research, policy, governance and public engagement.