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Serving up the lab burger

Feature | 05 August 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Press/media, Schools

The world's first lab-grown burger was unveiled and eaten today - but are we ready for bio-engineered meat? dr neil stephens from cesagen has been researching the ethical and social aspects.

Fuelling growth with public investments

Feature | 07 March 2013 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Professor david newberry argues that public investment in the right areas will fuel uk economic growth - with the short-term impact of giving work to domestic private companies who will create jobs.

Preventing bio-piracy of genetic resources

Feature | 07 December 2011 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

It aims to stop ‘bio-piracy’, the theft of genetic resources and traditional knowledge – and the february 2012 deadline is fast approaching. Over one hundred countries are expected to sign up to the nagoya protocol, and cesagen researchers have ...

Gm crops ten years on: hope, hype and reality

Feature | 26 January 2011 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

The divisive debate about gm rages on, but how has this controversial technology served us in the last ten years?

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The involvement of social scientists in nanotechnology and synthetic biology

Dr Emma Frow | Science and Technology Studies | 01 August 2010

Nanotechnology and synthetic biology are emerging technologies with the potential to be both transformative and socially disruptive. Both have involved social scientists from the outset, and this involvement is becoming increasingly important in gove ...

Agricultural biotechnology and civil society in sub-saharan africa

Dr Matthew Harsh | Science and Technology Studies | 01 November 2007

This postdoctoral fellowship will advance our understanding of the creation of research and innovation capabilities in developing countries – highlighting the roles of non-governmental organisations in the specific case of agricultural biotechno ...

The transition to a sustainable bio-economy: innovation and expectations

Professor Mark Harvey | Sociology | 01 October 2007

How can innovation both enhance economic growth and achieve sustainability through the development of renewable biologically-based resources to provide alternatives to petrochemical-based platforms for energy and materials? the combination of drivers ...

Spaces of stem cell science: exploring processes of translational research

Professor Steven Wainwright | Sociology | 01 March 2007

The project develops our esrc research on stem cell transplantation for diabetes and liver disease, which explored the sociological themes of ethics, expectations, the body, and science studies. This new research focuses on 'disease in a dish' approa ...

The ivf-stem cell interface: a sociology of embryo transfer

Professor Sarah Franklin | Area & Development Studies | 01 March 2007

As the social life of the human embryo has become more complex and multi-faceted, so it has acquired increasingly elaborate public, visual, legal, scientific, medical and regulatory dimensions. This project examines both the unique history of public ...


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Foresighting futures

Shawn Harmon | 06 March 2014 | Socio Legal Studies | Journal article

This paper is concerned with making law more effective in its social operation and in its relationship with dynamic, complex and uncertain science. It explores how we might better regulate by considering the concept and role of 'legal foresighting'. ...

Regulation of stem cell and regenerative science

Shawn Harmon | 06 March 2014 | Socio Legal Studies | Journal article

This paper articulates in broad terms a model bioscience environment and its primary constituent parts, which include bioscience policy and regulation, technology deployment and stakeholder engagement, and science innovation systems. Then, having ref ...

Ambition and ambivalence

Shawn Harmon | 06 March 2014 | Socio Legal Studies | Journal article

Science matters. Science matters to the development of knowledge, to the sustainability of development, and to the shaping of social mores. Countries transitioning from developing to developed must be prepared to make science work for them and to for ...

Imagining argentina

Shawn Harmon | 11 June 2013 | Socio Legal Studies | Journal article

Given its intimate relationship to the human body, genomic innovation implicates diverse ethical issues, and this is particularly so with respect to human stem cell research, which relies on material harvested from the body. This paper outlines the d ...

Peering from the shadows

Shawn Harmon | 11 June 2013 | Socio Legal Studies | Journal article

Science has long been contentious and disruptive. Where it threatens entrenched powers, it has been muzzled, discredited, or simply outlawed. The pursuit of scientific research in social settings where bodies traditionally suspicious of science are p ...