The Scientist

» bioethics

Most Recent

image: Loaded Words

Loaded Words

By | December 1, 2014

As new technologies emerge, we must choose our words for them with care: names can negatively bias the inevitable debates over the ethics of scientific advances.


image: Bioethics of Experimental Ebola Treatments

Bioethics of Experimental Ebola Treatments

By | August 7, 2014

The administration of an experimental serum to two American healthcare workers treated for Ebola on US soil raises questions of safety, efficacy, access, and ethics.


image: Minding Research Ethics

Minding Research Ethics

By | May 14, 2014

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues advises the integration of ethics into research on the human brain.


image: Review: “Please Continue”

Review: “Please Continue”

By | February 11, 2014

A play that dramatizes Stanley Milgram’s infamous social psychology experiments from the 1960s captures the personal side of human research.


image: Unauthorized HIV Trial Leader Fined

Unauthorized HIV Trial Leader Fined

By | February 3, 2014

A Spanish researcher faces a penalty after conducting a study for which he never obtained proper approvals or insurance.


image: The Right to Know—or Not

The Right to Know—or Not

By | December 12, 2013

Consumers, patients, and study participants should be made aware of potential incidental findings, according to a federally-appointed bioethics panel.


image: Opinion: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Opinion: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

By | October 22, 2013

Nutrition research must overcome pseudoscientific measures and self-interest to make progress in the fight against obesity.


image: Opinion: Academic Waste

Opinion: Academic Waste

By | October 17, 2013

From funding to publishing, academic research needlessly burns through time and money.


image: Genetics Firm Gets Baby-Predicting Patent

Genetics Firm Gets Baby-Predicting Patent

By | October 4, 2013

23andMe denies that its new patent will be used to help couples create designer babies based on personal genetic testing.

1 Comment

image: Consent at Last

Consent at Last

By | September 18, 2013

A working group including members of the Lacks family approves the first projects to use the HeLa genome.


Popular Now

  1. Investigation Finds Pathologist Guilty of Systemic Misconduct
  2. Many Evolutionary Paths Lead to Same Bird Trait
  3. Common STD May Have Come from Neanderthals
  4. Bacteria and Humans Have Been Swapping DNA for Millennia