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Do-It-Yourself COVID-19 Vaccines Fraught With Public Health Problems

'Citizen scientists' developing homemade COVID-19 vaccines may believe they're inoculating themselves against the ongoing pandemic, but the practice of self-experimentation with ...

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Could Enhance Scientific Peer Review, Researchers Say

Artificial intelligence and machine learning could enhance scientific peer review as scientists rush to publish COVID-related research, according to ...

An Embedded Ethics Approach for AI Development

The increasing use of AI (artificial intelligence) in the development of new medical technologies demands greater attention to ethical aspects. An interdisciplinary team advocates the integration of ...

Principles to Enhance Research Integrity and Avoid 'Publish or Perish' in Academia

Amid growing criticism of the traditional ''publish or perish'' system for rewarding academic research, an international team has developed five principles that institutions can ...

COVID-19 Vaccine Development: New Guidelines for Ethical Approach to Infecting Trial Volunteers

Allowing consenting volunteers to be deliberately infected with COVID-19 for the purposes of developing a vaccine could be done ethically and potentially speed up its development, a University of ...

Monty Python's Silly Walk: A Gait Analysis and Wake-Up Call to Peer Review Inefficiencies

Fifty years ago, Monty Python's famous sketch, 'The Ministry of Silly Walks,' first aired. The sketch pokes fun at the inefficiency of government bureaucracy. It opens with the ...

Oversight of Fishing Vessels Lacking, New Analysis Shows

Policies regulating fishing in international waters do not sufficiently protect officials who monitor illegal fishing, the prohibited dumping of equipment, or human trafficking or other human rights ...

Conflict of Interest Disclosures Don't Alter the Recommendations of Peer Reviewers

A new study suggests that such conflicts of interest disclosures have no impact on journal reviewers, even when the authors of submitted papers did, in fact, report conflicts. The study also found ...

Mounting Brain Organoid Research Reignites Ethical Debate

As research involving the transplantation of human 'mini-brains' -- known as brain organoids -- into animals to study disease continues to expand, so do the ethical debates around the ...

German Fishermen's Skepticism Towards EU Impedes Compliance With Its Regulations

Negative perception of a regulatory authority diminishes the honesty of those regulated. This is the conclusion of an experiment with EU-skeptic commercial fishermen and Brexit voters. The findings ...

Can Researchers Engage Safely With the Food Industry?

Researchers are exploring ways to help scientists better protect their work from the influence of the food ...

A Licence to Parent?

It's a comment we often hear in response to stories of child neglect: that parenting should require a licence. Researchers say that while the suggestion is based on concern for children, it is ...

Scientists Call on Funders to Make Research Freely Available Immediately

Scientific research usually takes months to be published by academic journals, and once it is, many of the papers can only be read by scientists from wealthy institutes that subscribe to the ...

Long-Term Health Effects of Armed Conflict Could Last Years After Bombs Stop Falling

Living in a warzone is linked with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke among civilians, even years after the conflict ends, a study has ...

National Effort Urged to Overhaul 'Broken' Health Data System

Our system for protecting health data in the United States is fundamentally broken and we need a national effort to rethink how we safeguard this information, say three experts in data ...

Medical Guidelines May Be Biased, Overly Aggressive in US

A doctor practiced general medicine for several years in the United Kingdom's National Health Service. When she came to the United States, she noticed something strange. The U.K. guidelines for ...

Ethical Questions Raised on Body Donation After Medically Assisted Death

There are issues about the appropriateness of accepting or using MAID body donations; communication with donors including consenting processes, and the transparency surrounding MAID donation with ...

Five Solutions Offered for Achieving Gender Equality in Medicine and Science

In a new review, researchers identify five myths that continue to perpetuate gender bias and offer five strategies for improving not only the number of women in medicine, but also their lived ...

New Legislation Needed to Regulate Police Facial Recognition Technology

Facial recognition technology, being trialled by two major police forces in Britain, should be subjected to more rigorous testing and transparency, according to new ...

Side-Effects Not Fully Reported in More Than 30 Percent of Healthcare Reviews

The potential side-effects of health interventions were not fully reported in more than a third of published health study reviews, research has ...

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