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.
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Emotive claims, like COVID vaccination being unethical or coercive, are more likely to be shared on social media. But we can fight back.
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.
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.
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.
What does oversight really ensure?
Questions abound about whether the scientist who created the first gene edited human beings took shortcuts in the ethical oversight process. But pedantically focusing on protocol misses the point.
Researchers funded by VW, Daimler and BMW are accused of testing diesel fumes on monkeys and humans.
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.
In the 1940s and 50s, hundreds of Guatemalan men, women and children were deliberately infected with syphilis and gonorrhoea.
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On Human Experiments - Should there be compensatio when evidence of unethical research is uncovered long after the event?
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.