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Topical issues on which the Royal Society has conducted a study, issued a science brief, held a meeting, issued a press release...

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Animals in research

Along with the great majority of the scientific community, the Royal Society considers that the benefits arising from scientific research which uses animals justifies their use.

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Biological weapons

Biological weapons include bacteria, viruses and toxins, which are produced for deliberate release to cause disease. Science has a vital role in minimising the threat these agents pose.

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Climate change

Climate change is one of the most serious issues facing the world. Whilst considering the underlying science information is needed to inform social and economic policies for reducing greenhouse gases.


Depleted uranium

The military use of depleted uranium has generated considerable public controversy. It is a chemically toxic and weakly radioactive substance, used in battlefield munitions.

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Governments face the major challenge of providing a secure, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy supply. Crucially this includes making significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.

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Human life is dependent on many organisms and natural resources with which we share the planet. Science and technology have a key role in ensuring the sustainable development of the global community.

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GM plants

The genetic modification of plants raises important issues for science and the public. The Royal Society encourages debate, informed by sound science, about the potential benefits and risks.


Humans in research

The Royal Society believes that the use of human material in research has been, and will continue to be, essential for medical and scientific understanding and for the benefit of public health.


Nanoscience and nanotechnology

Nanotechnologies involve studying and working with matter on an ultra-small scale. One nanometre is one-millionth of a millimetre and a single human hair is around 80,000 nanometres in width.

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Stem cells and cloning

There have been some rapid advances in stem cell research and cloning technology during the last few years. Background information and details of the Society’s work on the issue, can be found here.





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