Research Ethics Roundup: Editorials on Human-Animal Hybrid Research and Transparency in Federal Human Subjects Research, and More

This week’s Research Ethics Roundup examines the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) decision to host a workshop on using monkeys in research, a new BMJ study on academic institutions that are not reporting to, and two editorials on government initiatives in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Safety First: In this editorial, Nature states their concern that some federal departments have still not complied with a Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues’ request that basic data about departmental work with human subjects be publicly available. Nature argues, “Such data should be publicly available to ensure volunteers’ safety.”

daydreaming-chimpanzee-1553285-638x477NIH to Review its Policies on All Nonhuman Primate Research: In this piece for Science, David Grimm reports on the NIH’s announcement that they will host a workshop this summer on the ethical procedures needed when monkeys are involved in research. NIH made the announcement as the result of a Congressional mandate that NIH “conduct a review of its ethical policies and processes with respect to nonhuman primate research subjects.”

clinicalTrialsAcademics Fall Short in Reporting Results of Clinical Trials: Daniel Cressey of Nature highlights the findings of a new BMJ study that show leading American academic institutions are not complying with federal law and reporting to The study’s lead author, Harlan Krumholz, said “The lack of timely reporting and publication fundamentally impairs the research enterprise, violates the commitment made by investigators to patients and funders, squanders precious time and resources, and threatens to compromise evidence based clinical decision making.”

UK Guidance on Human-Animal Hybrid Research: In this editorial, The Lancet reviews new guidance from the British government on research that “involves the introduction of human DNA sequences, cells, or tissues into animals to create animal models of human diseases.” The British government decided they needed to establish a national expert body to monitor new forms of human-animal hybrid research.