This project was funded by the Oxford Martin School and ran from June 2005 until September 2012.
The new biosciences (Stem Cell Science, Cloning, Artificial Reproduction and New Genetics) are paradigmatic of current technological advance; they raise immediate and unprecedented challenges for humanity in the 21st century. Offering opportunities for great benefit to people and significant economic development, the new biosciences also present significant risks and raise profound questions about what it is to be a human person, how our lives should go and the nature and scope of our obligations to present and future generations.
ISE addressed 3 central questions:
- What limits should we place on research, development and use of the new biosciences?
- How should unethical research, development and use of the new biosciences be prevented?
- How should ethical research, development and use of the new biosciences be facilitated?
By providing a new model for research:
- Identifying and analysing the ethical issues involved in current and near-future scientific advances from a broad interdisciplinary perspective (medicine, science, ethics, humanities, social sciences, especially psychology)
- Promoting professional and public understanding and debate, from an engaging, non-partisan, open position
- Creating a new and constructive relationship between science, medicine and ethics
- Providing policy and legal recommendations, also resources for human research ethics committees