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The impact of science and technology and of the ethical issues that new discoveries generate is dramatic. It is now well understood that the rate of such development is increasing exponentially as of course is the frequency of ethical and regulatory dilemmas.

Less well understood is the ethical basis of the transition process for new scientific and technological developments, from discovery, through proof of principle to the clinic or the marketplace and the scope and limits of the regulation of this process. Equally the moral imperatives and the public interest that underpins both the theory and the practice of science are seldom articulated let alone understood. What is urgently required is serious work at the interface between science, ethics and innovation, not as a way of providing a defence – an apologia – for science and technology but as a vehicle for examining the role and the moral responsibilities of science, technology and innovation in society both locally and globally.

The institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation (iSEI) was established at The University of Manchester, School of Law, with the mission to observe and analyse the role and responsibilities of science and innovation. The institute will examine the ways in which science is used in the 21st Century, to evaluate possible or desirable changes and to consider the forms of regulation and control of the process that are appropriate or required.