When pursuing information for big data projects, the risks to individual autonomy and privacy are easily overlooked.
Not everyone trusts that science will bring benefits to society.
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.
Nazi leadership saw medical and pharmaceutical research as a front-line tool to contribute to the war effort.
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Medical research has a dark history of human experimentation in Nazi Germany. And we're still uncovering the extent of the horrors.
CRISPR is a gene editing tool that can create permanent changes in the human genome.
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.
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.
China recently became the first country to land on the far side of the moon.
A pragmatic approach rather than active concealment is to blame for China's lack of research transparency.
Bajau tribe village.
Researchers who fly in and out of a developing country only for research samples, with little involvement of local scientists, are practising helicopter research.
Money doesn’t grow in flasks – scientists have to find funds outside the lab.
Money always seems tight for university scientists. A sociologist conducted hundreds of interviews to see how they think about funding sources and profit motives for basic and applied research.
Park guards view maps and photos of high-altitude glaciers – information that can be shared with local communities dealing with changing water levels.
Science can't just stay in the ivory tower. But what does impact really mean and how does it happen? A study of more than a decade of ecological fieldwork projects in Bolivia suggests a better way.
Working out ethical implications forces students to explain what may be vaguely defined plans in a concrete form.
Ethical review is often seen as a barrier to research and innovation within universities, but it can be constructive. More attention should be paid to the potential benefits of the process.
What’s your ‘street race’?
The upcoming census, like many before it, will boil complex information on race, ethnicity and ancestry into just two questions. That leaves a lot of important information out of the data.
Researchers funded by VW, Daimler and BMW are accused of testing diesel fumes on monkeys and humans.
The ethical mindfield of AI gaydar.
Ethics procedures aim to protect research participants from harm.
A recent survey about sexual assault on university campuses was criticised as being unethical. So what is the right way to go about conducting such research?
Three stories about researchers who have dabbled in self-experimentation – with varying results.
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How to wipe out science fraud.
Is the risk of a criminal conviction enough to deter scientists from publishing bogus research findings?
CRISPR uses segments of bacterial DNA that can make targeted cuts in a genome when paired with a specific guide protein.
Controversy over a Chinese study that used CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology shows how the West still looks at the East through the lens of Orientalism.
Experiment design affects the quality of the results.
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Embracing more rigorous scientific methods would mean getting science right more often than we currently do. But the way we value and reward scientists makes this a challenge.
Who’s in charge once your biological material is out of your body?
Next-generation genomic research depends on study participants sharing their biological materials with scientists. But concerns over how that information is protected may hold some people back.
The concept of benefit sharing ensures that all who take part in research have sone form of gain from it.
Research should not only benefit the researchers. People who participate in research should also be compensated for the contributions.