The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has launched a public consultation on ethical, legal, social and policy issues arising from emerging biotechnologies.
The findings will feed into the work of a UK group examining how policy-makers and wider society respond to new forms of biotechnology and engage with the new issues they may present. Existing (but relatively recent) biotechnologies under consideration will include synthetic biology, regenerative medicine, assisted reproductive technologies and genetically modified crops.
Views are sought from all those involved in the development and implementation of such technologies, including examples of other emerging technologies that may pose particular issues, and questions relating to risk assessment and decision-making, regulation, globalisation and public engagement.
The deadline for responses is 15th June 2011, with the findings of the group due to be released in autumn 2012.