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Science for the Common Good

The Institute for Practical Ethics develops and promotes research on issues facing the public today, with an emphasis on engagement between ethicists, scientists, and policymakers. We aim to close the gap between the rapid pace of innovation and society’s ability to responsibly deal with the tough questions.

  • What would be the impact on society if parents could easily modify their children's genes for specific traits?

  • Is it ethical to introduce reflective particles into the atmosphere to combat global warming?

  • What ethical principles should be programmed into driverless cars?

Responsible Engagement

As one of the signature initiatives of the UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities, the Institute for Practical Ethics is an interdisciplinary research unit dedicated to the goal of creating socially responsible science and policy.

Vision & Mission

Gene Drive Conference

The inaugural conference on the ethics and social implications of gene drives was held May 9-10, 2019, bringing together leading scientists and ethicists working toward an understanding of the impact of gene drive technology.

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“Therapeutic citizens and clients: diverging healthcare practices in Malawi's prenatal clinics” by postdoc Amy Zhou

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"The road to enhancement, via human gene editing, is paved with good intentions"

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Inaugural Conference: Understanding the Ethics of Genetic Engineering

Our Researchers

Learn more about the research staff working with the Institute for Practical Ethics, from full-time staff and post-doctoral researchers, to Ph.D. students and visiting scholars

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