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
Two recent studies have generated debate within the research community. We explore those studies, as well as other recent stories about research in the popular media, in this week’s Research Ethics Roundup.
Has US Biomedical Research on Chimpanzees Come to an End?: In June, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced its plans to classify captive chimpanzees, including those used for research purposes, as endangered animals under the Endangered Species Act. In this article for Science, David Grimm explores the effect of that decision.
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 the introduction of apps designed to facilitate research to the growth of personalized medicine, this week's Research Ethics Roundup highlights questions raised by the use of innovative technologies in research. Read on and share your thoughts in the comments.
Chimpanzees Granted Petition to Hear 'Legal Persons' Status in Court: On April 20, in response to a petition from the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), a New York state judge granted a writ of habeas corpus to two research chimpanzees at Stony Brook University. The decision was quickly amended to remove the term 'writ of habeas corpus,' but at a hearing in May representatives [...] Read more
by Avery Avrakotos, Education and Policy Manager
Influential biologist and primatologist Frans B. M. de Waal, PhD, will present the Henry Spira Memorial Lecture at PRIM&R’s 2015 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Conference, which is being held March 17-20, in Boston, MA. Conference attendees can look forward to his address, titled Primate Social Intelligence, on Friday, March 20.
Dr. de Waal is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Primate Behavior in the psychology department of Emory University, and the director of the Living Links Center at the Read more