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.
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A new report on the future of humanity explains what we really need to be worrying about over the next 35 years.
How much of the research in these journals could be reproduced?
Tobias von der Haar
It's a problem when much of what winds up in scientific journals isn't replicable, for various reasons. The research community is taking baby steps toward addressing the "reproducibility crisis."
How can researchers be their own guardian?
What are the pressures on researchers that could lead to misrepresentation of facts? Do the "guardians need a guard"?
The Nazis subjected Jews, political prisoners and other ‘undesirables’ to a range of experiments that resulted in death and disability.
The horror of the human experiments by Nazi doctors led to the Nuremberg Code but the international declaration it inspired was watered down for political purposes.
A pioneer at work.
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The first part of our series On Human Experiments looks at the parameters of human research and its ethical bounds.
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On Human Experiments: what lies behind some of the most shocking human experiments in recent history? Here's a clue: most of it took place during wartime or when war seemed like a real threat.
An artist’s impression: MESSENGER flying over a colourful Mercury.
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It was the first probe to find water on Mercury, the planet closest to the sun. Its mission nearly over, MESSENGER is about to crash into the planet it's been observing.
Research ethics panels could benefit from more people with skin in the game.
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If all researchers were required to serve time on an ethics committee, not only would the system look entirely different, human research subjects might get greater protection.
Evaluations of research ethics do not benefit from a tick-box approach.
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When controversial research is questioned, it's worth asking if it's for the right reasons.
A truly deep thinker must draw on both science and the humanities.
The evolution of science and engineering in the 21st century has transformed the role of these professions in profound ways that affect research, scholarship and the practice of teaching in the university…
Do all authors listed on any published work actually contribute to the research?
The research excellence of academics is often measured by the quantity and quality of their scholarly publications. But how do we know that all authors listed on a publication have actually been involved…
Research undertaken on beagles and the contraceptive pill in the 1970s was found to be fabricated - there never were any beagles..
There are a few things you might need for an experiment involving beagles and the side effects of contraceptive pills. Animal research ethics aside, beagles might be a good start. Sadly, one researcher…
Old fashioned scandals meet new-fangled complexity.
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Social scientists have to get better at recognising and responding to ethical problems. Although economists, political scientists and psychologists have not been responsible for the same level of abuses…
That sinking feeling - Facebook is in hot water over revelations about its news feed research.
International outrage at Facebook’s study on thousands of its users without their consent has raised questions about the ethics of research done by private companies. Facebook’s Emotional Manipulation…