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Collaborative ethics: innovating collaboration between ethicists and life scientists

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Scientific breakthroughs can change how we understand and live in the world, disrupting long-held assumptions and concepts and raising new questions for philosophy and science. To address these challenges, we describe a model for collaboration of scientists with philosophers and ethicists, and its benefits to the research process and outcomes.

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Fig. 1: Collaborative ethics innovation funnel.

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The authors wish to thank Benjamin Boettner and Seth Kroll of the Wyss Institute for discussion and media support. J.R. gratefully acknowledges funding through the Dutch Research Council (NWO) program Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies, grant no. 024.004.031

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J.E.L. developed the model. J.E.L. and J.R. wrote the manuscript.

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Lunshof, J.E., Rijssenbeek, J. Collaborative ethics: innovating collaboration between ethicists and life scientists. Nat Methods (2024). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41592-024-02320-8

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