Global research issues take center stage in this week’s Research Ethics Roundup. Recently, the Chinese government announced new draft regulations on lab animal welfare. The results of the Ebola trials are being analyzed and French officials are launching an investigation after a fatal clinical trial.
Ebola's Thin Harvest: In this special report for Science, Jon Cohen and Martin Enserink report on the results of the Ebola clinical trials. They point out, "Never before had the disease affected enough people to allow researchers to test Ebola drugs and vaccines in a real-world setting." Unfortunately, the findings from many of these trials are unclear.
From Eli Lilly abandoning evacetrapib in the final stages of trials to the surprising placebo effect, this week’s Research Ethics Roundup shines the spotlight on clinical trials that could shape the future of research.
Gene Editing Record Smashed in Pigs: A team from Harvard Medical School, led by geneticist George Church, has used CRISPR technology to modify more than 20 genes in pig embryo and deactivate more than 60 viruses that could cause disease in human [...] Read more
From the ban of biomedical testing on captive chimpanzees to the first published results of an international "basket study," this week’s Research Ethics Roundup offers a glimpse into topics that affect both human subjects and animal care and use.
Giant Study Poses DNA Data-Sharing Dilemma: The National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) working group is set to release a project plan this fall, which is expected to outline how much data will be returned to [...] Read more
From considering whether it is appropriate to ask patients to pay for research to the responsibility to share research data, this week’s Research Ethics Roundup explores some of the important ethical questions that emerge in the conduct of research. Read more
From research being conducted by Facebook to questions raised by a study on public opinion of same-sex marriage, this week's Research Ethics Roundup delves into the world of social and behavioral research. Read on to learn more about these and other stories in the world of research ethics and oversight.
Do You Consent?: In this piece for Slate, James Grimmelmann, JD, considers questions raised by studies conducted by Facebook and other entities outside of the traditional research realm, and considers the role of research oversight in those contexts.
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