There is a growing call for so-called challenge trials to speed up vaccine development.
The tragedy at Whakaari/White Island highlights the need for consent forms to ensure tourists are fully informed when choosing to visit dangerous locations.
A project involving tens of millions of patient records poses ethical issues, even though patients could ultimately gain. Here's why privacy concerns are a hurdle.
Deliberately infecting people with a disease-causing agent as part of carefully considered medical research can be ethically acceptable or even necessary.
Most tech companies make it difficult for users to say no to aggressive surveillance practices. But it is helpful to know about the default settings on your smartphone and how to change them.
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.
Conversations about reproduction should be a routine part of medical care for transgender people – but assumptions and non-inclusive language can act as barriers to informed consent.
An online medical appointment booking organisation was sharing personal information about the users of their platform with a plaintiff law firm.
We need to stop blaming consumers for not reading online privacy policies and fix the system.
Space terrorism and testing of space tourists are theoretical problems today. But let's have conversations right now to make sure they don't become real problems in the future.
Apps and wearable devices promise greater participation and empowerment in health care. But what are we risking when we take part in this new era of participatory health?
The outgoing president leaves behind some solid accomplishments in the world of science, tech and medicine. But the biggest departure from his predecessors might have been in his approach.
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.
It's old-fashioned, out of date and varies massively from school to school.
When it comes to stem cells, the ways that informed consent has been obtained in the past are not sufficient and improvements are needed.
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.