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Not everyone trusts that science will bring benefits to society. from www.shutterstock.com

Scientists want to build trust in science and technology. The alternative is too risky to contemplate

In Australia, the next government will need to meet the challenge of refreshing the social licence between science, government and the many and diverse communities that make up our nation.
Caster Semenya is legally female, was from birth raised as female and identifies as a female. Jon Connell on flickr

Ten ethical flaws in the Caster Semenya decision on intersex in sport

Athlete Caster Semenya will need to take hormone-lowering agents, or have surgery, if she wishes to continue her career in her chosen events. But the decision to ban her is flawed on many grounds.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau participates in TV interviews after tabling his budget, which included a $595 million financial package for news organizations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

As Ottawa helps the news industry, latest research suggests journalists’ loyalties are tough to buy

The federal budget has offered several initiatives to help Canada's ailing news industry. Does that mean journalists will be compromised by government handouts? New research suggests they won't.
What’s the best way to put the brakes on current research? Okrasyuk/Shutterstock.com

A case against a moratorium on germline gene editing

Scientists and ethicists have called for a five-year moratorium on editing human genes that will pass on to future generations. Yes, society needs to figure out how to proceed – but is this the best way?
CRISPR is a gene editing tool that can create permanent changes in the human genome. from www.shutterstock.com

Experts call for halt to CRISPR editing that allows gene changes to pass on to children

Four months ago a researcher claimed he had used the tool CRISPR to edit the genomes of twin girls. Now prominent researchers and ethicists are calling for a temporary halt to this sort of work.
It’s not always clear where human organs come from in research papers. Piron Guillaume/unsplash

Whose hearts, livers and lungs are transplanted in China? Origins must be clear in human organ research

International standards ban publication of research that involves any biological material from executed prisoners, that lacks human research ethics committee approval and that lacks consent of donors.
Can’t sleep: these cloned macaque monkeys are missing a gene involved in regulating the sleep/wake cycle. Chinese Academy of Sciences via AAP

Cloning monkeys for research puts humans on a slippery ethical slope

Researchers in China have produce a world first: gene edited, cloned macaque monkeys. They say such animals will be vital for research on human health – but ethical concerns remain.
Bhutan’s prime minister Lotay Tshering (left) with India’s Narendra Modi prior to a meeting in New Delhi in December 2018. Prakash Singh/AFP

What can the kingdom of Bhutan teach us about fighting corruption

Bhutan, a poor country, ranks 26th out of 180 countries surveyed on corruption. How does the kingdom fight such issue and what can we learn from such experience?
An anti-abortion advocate in Jackson, Mississippi, March 2018. AP/Rogelio V. Solis

Who’s more compassionate, Republicans or Democrats?

Are Democrats or Republicans more caring about others? One study of the role compassion plays in politics provides some surprising answers. And then there were the outliers: Trump voters.
Presidents have traditionally given Oval Office addresses during only the gravest of crises. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Trump calls border a ‘crisis of the soul’: 3 scholars react to his Oval Office address

We asked experts on ethics, constitutional law and European political history to analyze Trump's Oval Office address. Here's what they heard in his speech about 'crisis' at the US-Mexico border.

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