UN urges governments to increase funding in medical research and development
A recent report published by Doctors Without Borders titled ‘Lives on the edge’ analyses the failure of the … more
Is the gender gap an issue in medical trials?
It is well accepted that children are not just miniature adults and so ideally should only receive drugs that have been tested in paediatric trials. … more
What tools are ethical in the fight against anti-vaccers?
The anti-vaccination movement is a relatively new, largely US phenomenon and has been roundly criticised in medical circles. However, it … more
Does a commercial relationship necessarily hamper ethical review?
In the US, around 70% of clinical trials are reviewed by commercial/independent Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). These are … more
NASA issues human bioengineering challenge to aid space exploration
NASA has issued a half million dollar challenge to develop metabolically-functional human tissue to help study the effect of deep … more
Are pig-human chimeras the future of transplantation?
Tonight the BBC will be airing a documentary about xenotransplantation – in this case, the growth of human organs within genetically … more
UK big data ethics council on the horizon
The UK Government plans to introduce an ethical body to oversee all big data research in the UK.
The organisation will be modelled on the … more
The ethics of identifying “genetic superheroes”
A recent study suggests that a tiny proportion of the population may possess “super DNA” that can negate the effects of … more
Head of Chernobyl biobank believes Fukushima risk was overstated
Five years on from the earthquake-triggered leak at the Fukushima power plant, the surrounding villages are still abandoned, as … more
Human-animal hybrid law debated in UK
Britain is debating how to regulate scientific experiments that involve the creations of human/animal “chimeras.” There is understandable … more