All posts tagged with ethics

When peer review turns to trolling

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In University Affairs, environmental scientist Ryan Bullock looks at his career-worth of experience subjecting his research to peer review: “The trolls have ...

A story of Australian repatriation

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The September issue of Smithsonian magazine has a feature article by Tony Perrottet recounting the burial ceremony for the “Mungo Man” skeleton, which happen...

Epstein’s science posse

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I have been following the story of the late Jeffrey Epstein very closely. The combination of politics and money for this billionaire alleged child sex traffi...

DNA genealogy and forensic cold cases

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This year there have been some amazing new leads in “cold cases” by using a new kind of DNA approach, using public genealogy websites to look for people who ...

Should journals do post-pub review?

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Nikolai Slavov recently published an opinion piece in eLife arguing the advantages of post-publication review of scientific papers: “Point of view: Making th...

Anonymous sexism in paleoanthropology

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Seems like every week, someone writes an article drawing attention to a new episode of sexism in science. Today it’s my turn to shine a light on this issue.

Link: The weird world of Kevin Folta

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This is so weird: “Seed Money: How Kevin Folta got entangled with Monsanto, created a shady podcast alter ego, and spurred a hot public debate over conflicts...

On the importance of saying you’re wrong

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Lior Pachter writes this week on his blog about the reactions and commentary around a post-publication peer review exercise he conducted on a 11-year-old pap...

Science is not broken

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Aeon has a long article by Jill Neumark, titled “The retraction war”, which asks: “Is science broken?” The article goes through several ways of counting scie...

Sequencing baby Khan

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MIT Technology Review has an article this week about Razib Khan’s efforts to sequence his baby son in utero: “For One Baby, Life Begins with Genome Revealed”.

The DNA portrait artist

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Twitter gets results! A group of geneticists (honestly, including me) were kvetching on Twitter about this NPR story: “Litterbugs Beware: Turning Found DNA I...

Goodall plagiarism case

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I’m back home now from a week on family vacation, catching up on news from the last few days. I have been dismayed to read about Jane Goodall’s book debacle....

Mitochondria from another mother

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This seems a newsworthy story by Ian Sample at the Guardian: “Britain ponders ‘three-person embryos’ to combat genetic diseases”.

The problem of Lance retraction

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Retraction Watch comments on a provocative case: Should a scientific paper that measured Lance Armstrong’s exercise physiology during his Tour de France days...

The cost of plagiarism at NSF

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I pass this along from ScienceInsider, really too irritated for clever comment: “NSF Audit of Successful Proposals Finds Numerous Cases of Alleged Plagiarism...

The Neandertal treatment

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Virginia Hughes, in National Geographic News, takes on the subject of whether we will someday clone Neandertals: “Return of the Neanderthals”. She gets into ...

IRB review

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Zachary Schrag points to a report by the American Association of University Professors , and gives a quoted excerpt that deserves to be forwarded on: “AAUP P...

More on the reclamation proclamation

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Michael E. Smith comments on the Chagnon/Sahlins flap from the perspective of archaeology: “Chagnon, Sahlins, and science”:

Privacy of genetic research participants

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Misha Angrist, writing in Nature News comments (“Genetic privacy needs a more nuanced approach”) on the recent study that demonstrated the possibility of fin...

Send in the clones

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I didn’t comment on the Neandertal cloning kerfuffle this week. Now that it’s sort of died down, I’ll provide a link to a Knight Science Journalism Tracker s...

Metaphyseal fusion

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Holly Dunsworth, whom readers will remember from my previous links to her work in genetics education, recounts a personal experience to show how the “inciden...

High coverage second thoughts

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Vicki Lewis writes a worthwhile post: <a href=http://blogs.plos.org/dnascience/2012/11/01/why-i-dont-want-to-know-my-genome-sequence/”>”Why I Dont Want...

The cost of sequencing

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In all the stories about the lowering cost of DNA sequencing, this NY Times contribution has to be the most heartbreaking: “Infant DNA Tests Speed Diagnosis ...

Grasping the genomic palantir

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Gina Kolata writes in the New York Times about the conundrum faced by research scientists who inadvertently discover the health risks of their research parti...

Neanders got no reason

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Razib Khan raises the question whether Neandertal cloning could be ethical, and a varied comment thread quickly ensues.

Hauser update

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David Dobbs helpfully reviews the past few weeks of Marc Hauser-related revelations:

Data minding

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Dan MacArthur reads the American Medical Association’s letter to the FDA about direct-to-consumer genetics testing, and doesn’t like what he sees (“American ...

Finding hidden incest

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Another unexpected result of gene chips: Identifying hidden incest in the course of routine tests for developmental disabilities:

Genomes to the people

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Misha Angrist has written a strong guest post at Daniel MacArthur’s “Genetic Future”, taking a clear stand in favor of disclosure of genetic information from...

Membership has its privileges

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A new paper in PNAS by Erik Trinkaus covers the mortality patterns of old versus young adults in Neandertals, early modern humans in the Levant and early Upp...

High school genomics

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Ronald Bailey writes in the January Reason about his experiences with personal genomics (“Ill Show You My Genome. Will You Show Me Yours?”). He’s a booster, ...

Ozzy Osbourne, archaic human

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Via a reader: The Daily Mail really aims for the lowest common denominator of genetics: “We’ve all suspected, now it’s official: Ozzy Osbourne IS a Neanderth...

Ancestry unzipped

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One of the incredible benefits of the open source approach to genomics is that non-practitioners have a chance to see how interpretations are built. Sometime...

Mailbag: Neandertal backbreeding

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In your blog, you have commented on the prospect of re-creating a neandertal from a "completed" genome.....I agree with your views and predictions.

Hauser update

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The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on an “internal document” from the Marc Hauser investigation: “Document Sheds Light on Investigation at Harvard”. T...

Adopt a Neandertal

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Kyle Munkittrick of the “Science Not Fiction” blog argues, “Yes, we should clone Neanderthals.”

Berkeley DNA comments

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Marie-Claire Shanahan has written on A Blog Around the Clock an essay discussing the Berkeley genetic test:

Havasupai DNA case links

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Amy Harmon returned to the NY Times last weekend with a story about the court settlement between Arizona State University and the Havasupai tribe (“Indian tr...

Texas newborn DNA experimentation

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A couple of weeks ago, the Texas Tribune reported on an investigation of the archiving of blood samples taken from newborn infants: “DNA Deception”.

Bioethics pair

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A pair of articles in my browser tabs refer to bioethics.

"They've learned nothing"

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Charles C. Mann reports in this week’s Science about the American Anthropological Association’s revisitation of the sorry Darkness in El Dorado affair (“Chag...

Neandertal: The Resurrection

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Friday morning, I got back to teaching after my trip this week. So I filled my students in a bit about the Neandertal genome. One of them had been reading th...

Wait until they hear about Flip cameras

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So a bunch of physicists were at a conference, hearing about recent observations from the PAMELA satellite mission, when several of them pulled out cameras a...

Should we want to live longer?

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I've been lecturing about various genetic enhancement strategies in my genetics course the last two weeks. Today's lecture concerned clinical trials for gen...

Science from the bottom looking up

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Janet Stemwedel (of Adventures in Ethics and Science) has been following the aetosaur scandal, and has followed up with two posts looking for suggestions ab...

The blood that would not rest

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The International Herald Tribune is running a story by Larry Rohter about the dispute over rights to blood samples taken from Brazil's Karitiana tribe more ...

A quick primer on bioaesthetics

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It's not here, but at Brainethics, where Martin Skov has written up a short intro to the evolution of aesthetics with a booklist from the recent literature....

They didn't sign on for this

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I got pointed to this Ronald Bailey article in Reason, which describes the approaches of some ethicists to the prospect of "genetic enhancement" of humanity...

Evidence-based medicine and education

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I've been reading the very interesting Brainethics blog. Yesterday they pointed to an article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience by Usha Goswami about interact...

So how were the triple-A's?

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It's always interesting to go the AAA meetings. Many of the biological anthropologists who go are good friends of mine, and it is always good to see your fr...