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Part of the Wellcome Trust 75th Anniversary celebrations

Human bodies: animal bodies

Science Ethics PhD and scholarship

We take applications the whole year (the PhD starts every October). The 3-4 year PhD programme in Science Ethics is based on an individual research project working with a specific academic supervisor(s).

For more details, go to our Postgraduate Research pages.

What is Science Ethics? Read our Working Paper. [PDF 539KB]

About iSEI

Led by two pioneering thinkers, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Professor John Sulston and renowned bioethicist Professor John Harris, iSEI was launched at The University of Manchester in July 2008.


Read the Welcome message from our Chair, John Sulston, and Director, John Harris.

Getting in touch

If you would like to get in touch, see Contact us for our details.

News and Events

British Council Researcher Links Early Career Workshop – Developing Ethics Education in Universities. Call for participants. Application deadline 21.04.14.

John Harris and Sarah Chan will be speaking at HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest philosophy and music festival, this May. See: News for more information.

New book by Catherine Rhodes: Governance of Genetic Resources.

Manchester (ISEI) - Münster (Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics) Workshop in Bioethics 18-19 June 2013

Motherhood All Change - Surrogacy Revisited

John Harris comments on the ethical dilemmas raised by human cloning in The Guardian: Human cloning developments raise hopes for new treatments.

John Harris comments in The Guardian on the HFEA consultation on mitochondrial disease therapy: Misleading talk of 'three-parent babies' helps no one

Highlight publications

To what extent is the use of human enhancements defended in international human rights legislation? David Lawrence (2014). Medical Law International doi: 10.1177/0968533214520845.

Multiplex parenting: IVG and the generations to come. César Palacios-González, John Harris, Giuseppe Testa (2014). Journal of Medical Ethics doi:10.1136/medethics-2013-101810.

'Ethics is for Bad Guys!' Putting the 'Moral' Into Moral Enhancement. John Harris (2013). Bioethics 27 (3):169-173.

Moral Progress and Moral Enhancement. John Harris (2013). Bioethics 27 (5):285-290

Governance of Genetic Resource. Catherine Rhodes (2013)

What is to be Good. John Harris (2013)

Global Health and International Community. Edited by John Coggon & Swati Gola (2013)

Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law. Vol. 2. Edited by Danielle Griffiths and Andrew Sanders.

Families – Beyond the Nuclear Ideal. Edited by Sarah Chan and Daniela Cutas.

International governance of biotechnology. Catherine Rhodes (2010)

Who owns science? The Manchester Manifesto group (2009)

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