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October 4, 2015

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October 4, 2015

Experts Call for the Responsible Use of New Genome Editing Techniques

Sep. 29, 2015 — More efficient bacteria and yeasts for use in fuel and drug production, new strategies to combat antibiotic-resistant germs, and innovative plant breeding methods -- new molecular biology techniques ... read more

Data Scientist Develops Novel Health ROI to Optimize Biomedical Resource Allocations

Sep. 28, 2015 — Public and private entities that fund biomedical research face difficult choices on how to allocate a finite level of capital, and scientists often take risks in selecting research topics multiple ... read more

Catching the 'Black Sheep' Among Bankers

Sep. 21, 2015 — Unethical conduct by employees of financial institutions can usually be traced back to improper incentives in the internal corporate structure, according to research. In addition to selecting ... read more

US Defense Agencies Increase Investment in Federal Synthetic Biology Research

Sep. 16, 2015 — In the United States, the Defense Department and its Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency funds much of the US government's research in synthetic biology, with less than 1 percent of total ... read more

Human Genome Editing Research Is Essential, Experts Say

Sep. 10, 2015 — A consensus statement from global experts in bioethics, stem cell research and science policy, asserts that human genome editing research is essential to scientific knowledge and should be permitted, ... read more

Forget Cash: Plastic Is the New Sign of Criminal Activity

Aug. 31, 2015 — The ERAD Prepaid Card Reader is a small, handheld device that uses wireless connectivity to allow law enforcement officers in the field to check the balance of ... read more

Debate: Would Judicial Consent for Assisted Dying Protect Vulnerable People?

Aug. 19, 2015 — Two experts discuss whether the Assisted Dying Bill, to be debated at the House of Commons in England, would provide adequate protection for vulnerable people from ... read more

Unequal Healthcare Funding Provokes 'Moral Disgust,' Pioneering Brain Scan Research Shows

Aug. 18, 2015 — Areas of the brain associated with social and moral disgust are triggered when healthcare funding is split unequally, researchers have found. The anterior insula is involved in processing ... read more

IRS Rules to Protect Patients from Health Care Financial Burdens Are Inadequate, Need Legal Reform, Law Professor Says

Aug. 17, 2015 — Recently issued new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules for tax-exempt, typically nonprofit, hospitals designed to help protect patients from health care financial burdens are inadequate and need ... read more

Male Doctors Are More Likely to Have Legal Action Taken Against Them

Aug. 12, 2015 — Male doctors have nearly two and half times increased odds of having medico-legal action taken against them than their female counterparts, according to research. A better understanding of why this ... read more

Patient-Funded Trials May Do More Harm Than Good, Ethicists Warn

Aug. 6, 2015 — A new article outlines how patient-funded trials may seem like a beneficial new way to involve more patients in research and establish new funding opportunities, but instead they threaten scientific ... read more

New Survey on Americans' Views on Law Enforcement, Violence, and Race

Aug. 5, 2015 — A new American national survey reveals a disparity among blacks' and whites' perception of violence against civilians by ... read more

Bioethicists Call for End to 'Pay-to-Play' Clinical Research

July 29, 2015 — Charging people to participate in research studies is likely to undermine the fundamental ethical basis of clinical research, according to a new paper written by bioethicists. The paper outlines the ... read more

Study Finds Unexpected Biases Against Teen Girls' Leadership

July 28, 2015 — Are today's teen girls poised to close the gender gap tomorrow? A new research report suggests that teen girls face a powerful barrier to leadership: gender ... read more

July 28, 2015 — Walk into a science museum, and you may read the words “paleontology” or “astronomy.” But you’re not likely to find the word “agriculture” in any science museum, even though many ... read more

Ethics of Tomorrow? Should Androids Have the Right to Have Children?

July 27, 2015 — Science fiction culture has prospered and gone from being for nerds only in the 1970s and 1980s to becoming part of popular culture in the last two decades. This particularly applies to the TV series ... read more

Readiness of America's Biology Teachers Questioned

July 22, 2015 — Data spanning 1987 to 2007 show changing demographics among public high school biology teachers. The workforce has become less experienced and has been destabilized by turnover, and biology teachers ... read more

Achieving Equity in Higher Education

July 20, 2015 — In a retrospective account of their scholarly work over the past 45 years, researchers show how the struggle to achieve greater equity in American higher education is intimately connected to issues ... read more

Better DNA Hair Analysis for Catching Criminals

July 16, 2015 — A simple, lower-cost new method for DNA profiling of human hairs should improve opportunities to link criminals to serious crimes, researchers report. They have modified existing laboratory methods ... read more

July 15, 2015 — High school students who take part in pre-college programs that focus on science are much more likely to pursue higher education and, eventually, careers in science, technology, engineering and ... read more

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