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Opinion: An Ethical Code for Conferences

By Wolf B. Frommer | December 2, 2016

This fundamental form of scientific communication is threatened by modern recording technology and researchers who refuse to adhere to an age-old ethical code. 

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The Global Science Era

By Ephraim M. Govere | May 1, 2016

As international collaboration becomes increasingly common, researchers must work to limit their own biases and let cultural diversity enhance their work.

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Getting Animal Research Right

By Andrew Jefcoat | March 1, 2016

Regulatory and compliance expectations for animal-based research are demanding, while public and political scrutiny of animal research is rising.

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Scientific Literacy Redefined

By Cynthia Brandenburg | February 1, 2016

Researchers could become better at engaging in public discourse by more fully considering the social and cultural contexts of their work.

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When Does a Smart Mouse Become Human?

By John D. Loike | July 1, 2015

Ethical issues attend the creation of animal-human chimeras.

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Think Before You Fire

By Sarah Ramsay | May 1, 2015

Industry layoffs may save a few dollars, at the cost of losing the collective brainpower of thousands of scientists.

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Overspending on Overhead

By Viviane Callier | February 1, 2015

Federal research dollars are needlessly wasted as scientists spend more and more of their time trying to recoup operational costs.

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Loaded Words

By John D. Loike | 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.

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Science Gone Social

By Sara K. Yeo, Michael A. Cacciatore, Dominique Brossard, Dietram A. Scheufele, and Michael A. Xenos | October 1, 2014

Scientists are beginning to embrace social media as a viable means of communicating with public audiences.

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Going Beyond the Lab

By Dean Hamer | July 1, 2014

Scientists who study the biological roots of sexual orientation should continue working with educators, policy-makers, and the public to put their data to good use.

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