Q&A: Parachute Science in Coral Reef Research
Q&A: Parachute Science in Coral Reef Research
Scientists who study the marine ecosystems have frequently failed to involve local researchers in projects, a study finds.
Q&A: Parachute Science in Coral Reef Research
Q&A: Parachute Science in Coral Reef Research

Scientists who study the marine ecosystems have frequently failed to involve local researchers in projects, a study finds.

Scientists who study the marine ecosystems have frequently failed to involve local researchers in projects, a study finds.

scientific ethics
A Challenge Trial for COVID-19 Would Not Be the First of Its Kind
A Challenge Trial for COVID-19 Would Not Be the First of Its Kind
Jef Akst | Oct 8, 2020
Although scientists debate the ethics of deliberately infecting volunteers with SARS-CoV-2, plenty of consenting participants have been exposed to all sorts of pathogens in prior trials.
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Surgisphere Sows Confusion About Another Unproven COVID-19 Drug
Surgisphere Sows Confusion About Another Unproven COVID-19 Drug
Catherine Offord | Jun 16, 2020
The company behind a now-discredited study on hydroxychloroquine also posted a report that has been cited by Latin American governments recommending ivermectin as a possible coronavirus treatment. Clinicians there say the effects have been extremely damaging.
Cloning Scientist Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison
Cloning Scientist Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison
Jef Akst | Jan 14, 2020
More than five years after his arrest, Li Ning of China Agricultural University is convicted of stealing nearly $5 million of grant money.
Fixing the Flaws in Animal Research
Fixing the Flaws in Animal Research
Diana Kwon | Sep 1, 2019
Many preclinical studies carried out in vivo are poorly designed and generate irreproducible data, but efforts to address the problem are on the rise.
Culling Wildlife for the Sake of Research
Culling Wildlife for the Sake of Research
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 27, 2018
A case in which the University of Florida killed birds to protect crop research raises questions on the ethics of field studies’ potential side effects.
How to Separate the Science From the (Jerk) Scientist
How to Separate the Science From the (Jerk) Scientist
Anna Azvolinsky | May 18, 2018
A recent toast to James Watson highlights a tolerance for bigotry many want excised from the scientific community.
Image of the Day: Henrietta Lacks
Image of the Day: Henrietta Lacks
The Scientist Staff | May 12, 2018
A painting of the woman who was the source of HeLa cells will be on view at the National Portrait Gallery beginning May 15.
Donald Seldin, “Intellectual Father” of UT Southwestern, Dies
Donald Seldin, “Intellectual Father” of UT Southwestern, Dies
Jim Daley | May 8, 2018
The physician-scientist recruited future Nobel Prize winners to build the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas into a first-rate institution. 
Scientists in Chile Protest Mummy Study
Scientists in Chile Protest Mummy Study
Jim Daley | Mar 29, 2018
The Chilean government contends that the remains of a mummified fetus, recently sequenced by US researchers, were exhumed illegally.
Interim CNRS President Removed, Faces Data Manipulation Allegations
Interim CNRS President Removed, Faces Data Manipulation Allegations
Ashley Yeager | Jan 22, 2018
Anne Peyroche has been acting president of the French science organization since last October.
Investigation Questions Transparency for Failed TB Vax
Investigation Questions Transparency for Failed TB Vax
Jef Akst | Jan 11, 2018
The BMJ inquiry finds that researchers presented only select results from animal experiments when applying for funding and approval for human trials.
Identifying Predatory Publishers
Identifying Predatory Publishers
Tracy Vence | Jul 16, 2017
How to tell reputable journals from shady ones
San People Write Ethical Code for Research
San People Write Ethical Code for Research
Jef Akst | Mar 21, 2017
With lifestyles similar to our hunter-gatherer ancestors, the San people of Southern Africa are popular study subjects.
The Past and Present of Research Integrity in China
The Past and Present of Research Integrity in China
Ben Andrew Henry | Mar 1, 2017
Several initiatives aim to improve research integrity in the country, but recent high-profile cases of misconduct highlight a lingering problem.
Opinion: An Ethical Code for Conferences
Opinion: An Ethical Code for Conferences
Wolf B. Frommer | Dec 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. 
Hot Off the Presses
Hot Off the Presses
Bob Grant | Aug 1, 2016
Idiot Brain, Wild Sex, Why Diets Make Us Fat, and The Ethics of Invention
When Does a Smart Mouse Become Human?
When Does a Smart Mouse Become Human?
John D. Loike | Jul 1, 2015
Ethical issues attend the creation of animal-human chimeras.
Keeping Science Pubs Clean
Keeping Science Pubs Clean
Jef Akst | Jun 29, 2015
Science releases new guidelines for research transparency, hoping to stem the tide of retractions and misconduct.
Retractions Often Due to Plagiarism: Study
Retractions Often Due to Plagiarism: Study
Kerry Grens | Jun 1, 2015
The number of plagiarism-based retractions has grown since the advent of detection software, according to a BioMed Central analysis.