Strand: Science and ethics

The more science advances, the more it throws up ethical debates, particularly when it comes to medicine and questions of when life begins and ends, and what kinds of treatment can and should be made available. The emerging field of epigenetics raises the possibility of improving future health by intervening when children are still in the womb - but should we? Evolutionary psychology is another field that promises much, but has its detractors. What can and can’t it tell us? If space is the final frontier, who has the right to explore and exploit it? And on the 50th anniversary of the passing of the UK’s 1967 Abortion Act, how is the fight for reproductive rights faring internationally?