Our in-depth inquiries are the cornerstone on which our reputation for high-quality and influential contributions has rested.

In-depth inquiries into developments arising from biological and medical research have been our core activity since we were established in 1991. We generally run two in-depth inquiries at a time.

The thorough nature of these in-depth projects means that they usually take 18-24 months. Our inquires are overseen by a multidisciplinary working group, which is chosen by the Council for each project, and are informed by extensive consultation and research. At the end of an inquiry, we will usually publish a report with conclusions and recommendations for policy and practice.

They have resulted in over 30 detailed reports or publications on a range of bioethics topics, many of which have been influential in informing policy, practice and public debate.

Current in-depth inquiries

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Current inquiry into genome editing and farmed animals

We are currently conducting an inquiry into the use of genome editing in farmed animals. The findings are due to be published in 2021.


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Current inquiry into the future of ageing

What does it mean to ‘live well’ in old age? This enormous question is a starting point for our latest inquiry which will explore ethical questions in relation to the role of science and technology in helping people live well in old age.