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The Royal New Zealand Navy during a recovery operation on Whakaari/White Island, on December 13. Rescue and recovery efforts have been hampered by hazardous conditions on the island, and the danger of another eruption. EPA/Royal NZ Navy

Call for clearer risk information for tourists following Whakaari/White Island tragedy

The tragedy at Whakaari/White Island highlights the need for consent forms to ensure tourists are fully informed when choosing to visit dangerous locations.
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.
Online users are not able to give totally informed consent if their permission is sought for multiple things at once. christin hume unsplash

HealthEngine may be in breach of privacy law in sharing patient data

An online medical appointment booking organisation was sharing personal information about the users of their platform with a plaintiff law firm.
Empty sample tubes wait to be filled in a blood and urine sample freezer. South Africa has no legislation governing biobanks that deal with human biological material. Reuters/Phil Noble

How to make sure South Africa’s biobanks balance scientific progress with the law

South Africa has no legislation setting out the rules for biobanks and the guidelines that do exist are not clear or detailed. This leaves the door wide open for unethical practises.

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