This Don Mayne cartoon raises so many serious human research ethics matters in a lighthearted way. Many national Human Research Ethics arrangements/codes/statements prohibit the sale/purchase of human biospecimens. And with good reason. The last thing that we want to see is the desperate, naive or foolish individuals selling critical parts of their body to secure or win money.
Ethical commitments, principles, and practices guiding intracranial neuroscientific research in humans (Papers: Ashley Feinsinger, et al | January 2021)
Leveraging firsthand experience, BRAIN-funded investigators conducting intracranial human neuroscience research propose two fundamental ethical commitments: (1) maintaining the integrity of
Ongoing Citations of a Retracted Study Involving Cardiovascular Disease, Drug Therapy, and Mortality in COVID-19 (Letters; Todd C. Lee, MD, et al | August 2021)
In Spring 2020, early during the COVID-19 pandemic, 2 prominent studies that used a database from Surgisphere, a little-known company,
Friday afternoon’s funny – One… one wonderful assistant (delivered in a Sesame Street Transylvanian accent)
There are key warning and other factors individuals should look out for before accepting a job in a laboratory, clinic or other workplaces. They may not be quite as funny as those depicted in this Don Mayne cartoon. Nevertheless, the attractiveness of the job is not purely a matter of salary amount, location, director or career trajectory. A job may be great in that regard, but still be a toxic workplace that could have emotional as well as career costs. We have included links to two related items.
(US & China) US COVID origins report: researchers pleased with scientific approach – Nature (Amy Maxmen | August 2021)
Following the torrent of supposition and innuendo, it is refreshing to get a more measured and sober reflection on the Wuhan Leak theory and the origins of COVID19. No one can know for sure. The lack of transparency hasn’t helped. The media hysteria will no doubt continue, but perhaps the rest of us can move on. We have included links to two related items.
Finding a Paper on PubMed Does Not Mean the Paper Is Any Good – McGill Office of Science and Society (Jonathan Jarry M.Sc. | June 2021)
As more and more people “do their own research,” some end up consulting a website called PubMed. An argument I have
Abstract In this paper, we discuss several problems with current Big data practices which, we claim, seriously erode the role
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