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.
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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.
Exercise Desert Rock I Buster Jangle Dog.
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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.