Biotechnologies are significant in many aspects of life, from food and energy production to medicine, industry, and economic development.
This report explores the ethical issues and challenges raised by emerging biotechnologies and sets out a ‘public ethics’ approach to help guide improved practice in policy making, research and regulation.read more »
Government and industry should do more to encourage social responsibility in biotechnology research and innovation
The Government and industry should take steps to ensure that research and development of new biotechnologies is carried out in accordance with social and ethical responsibilities, says a new report from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.read more »
Commercialisation of emerging biotechnologies faces particular challenges due to the long development phase and uncertain outcomes.
Intellectual propertyread more »
Research policy for emerging biotechnologies should take account of wider social values and not merely economic benefit.
Framing research policyread more »
Engagement with non-specialist groups has an important role to play in developing policy for emerging biotechnologies.read more »
There is a significant public interest in emerging biotechnologies. Governance should be guided by a ‘public ethics’ approach.
The public interest in emerging biotechnologies arises from a number of potential sources, including:
their potential to give rise to benefits and harms at a public scale;
Three particular characteristics of emerging biotechnologies present challenges for policy and governance: uncertainty, ambiguity and transformative potential.
Uncertaintyread more »