Researchers need to be assessed on every aspect of their work, no matter where it takes place.
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The movement to change the way researchers are measured should undoubtedly be embraced.
Many researchers are interested in the genetic history of the Khoe-San.
The South African Khoe-San communities are no strangers to exploitative research. One research team is trying to provide genetic ancestry results to community members. But they still face many challenges.
Thousands of years ago, people in this part of Sudan used underground tombs to bury their dead.
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Promoting and practicing ethical research that includes the people who live in the area today is as important to the archaeological team as learning more about the lives of the ancient inhabitants.
As the pandemic has progressed, so has scientists’ understanding of why masks matter and how best to protect against COVID.
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Good science doesn’t eliminate uncertainty: it explains it.
Research ethics focus on avoiding wrongdoing, having been developed largely in response to biomedical scandals. Climate change puts the onus on researchers to add ‘do good’ to ‘do no harm’ principles.
Ancient DNA holds a great deal of valuable information - but it must be researched ethically.
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Studying ancient DNA in Africa is valuable for understanding human evolution, population migrations, and human history locally, regionally and globally.
Instead of returning to the northern research status quo, researchers should make community health and well-being the top priority. Above: Nain, Nunatsiavut.
Summer 2021 is too soon for southern-based researchers and travellers to return to northern, Indigenous communities in the wake of COVID-19, for research fieldwork or leisure.
No-one wants our children to be used as research guinea pigs. High standards of ethical oversight are needed to ensure no child is exposed to possible harm.
Academic publishing is often linked to promotions and bonuses.
Universities that pay academics to publish their research should do so with caution.
If you’ve interacted with the health system during the pandemic, your data is probably being used by researchers.
The UK government has quietly relaxed a confidentiality law that protects patient health data. Here’s why that matters.
Politicians are throwing billions of dollars at coronavirus vaccine trials, but the real cost of research is the one thing we’re lacking – time.
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.