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Prosecutors should be required to consult forensic linguistic experts on cases involving voice evidence, rather than solely relying on ‘ad hoc’ experts. Shutterstock

Can criminal suspects be identified just by the sound of their voice?

Researchers have warned about the reliability of voice evidence in criminal cases. Yet, there are few legal guidelines on the use of such evidence in court.
Human challenge studies can be useful to test new vaccines and are increasingly being used internationally. Yet there are several ethical issues to consider. from www.shutterstock.com

Infecting healthy people in vaccine research can be ethical and necessary

Deliberately infecting people with a disease-causing agent as part of carefully considered medical research can be ethically acceptable or even necessary.
Across the world, allegations of sexual assault have hinged on women’s credibility. Michael Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP

Kavanaugh sexual assault hearing evokes early Soviet mock trials

A century ago, Russian leaders staged mock trials on rape and abortion to educate citizens about new Soviet laws and values. Then, as now, victim-blaming and 'he said, she said' marred the verdict.

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