Scientific ethics

In this Oct. 10, 2018 photo, He Jiankui speaks during an interview at a laboratory in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province. Chinese scientist He claims he helped make world's first genetically edited babies: twin girls whose DNA he said he altered. He revealed it Monday, Nov. 26, in Hong Kong to one of the organizers of an international conference on gene editing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
November 26, 2018 - 1:58 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Scientists and bioethics experts reacted with shock, anger and alarm Monday to a Chinese researcher's claim that he helped make the world's first genetically edited babies. He Jiankui of Southern University of Science and Technology of China said he altered the DNA of twin girls...
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2016 file photo, Brian Wansink poses for a photo in a food lab at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. On Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, Cornell said the prominent professor of food research has resigned after an investigation found he committed academic misconduct. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
September 20, 2018 - 2:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Cornell says a prominent professor of food research has resigned after an investigation found he committed academic misconduct. The school says Brian Wansink will retire at the end of the school year next June and that he has been removed from his teaching positions. Thursday's...
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FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 file photo, a nurse practitioner prepares to start the first human gene editing treatment for Hunter syndrome, an inherited metabolic disease, at a hospital in Oakland, Calif. On Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, federal officials said that gene therapy is becoming an established form of medical care and carries no special risks that warrant special regulation, as they revised rules for vetting such experiments and products. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
August 15, 2018 - 6:57 pm
U.S. health officials are eliminating special regulations for gene therapy experiments, saying that what was once exotic science is quickly becoming an established form of medical care with no extraordinary risks. A special National Institutes of Health oversight panel will no longer review all...
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Maryland athletic director Damon Evans pauses as he speaks at a press conference held Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, to address the school's football program and the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who collapsed on a practice field and subsequently died, in College Park, Md. Athletic director Damon Evans said Tuesday that “mistakes were made” in the treatment of McNair after he fell ill during a conditioning drill. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
August 14, 2018 - 5:27 pm
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The University of Maryland acknowledged Tuesday that the football player who collapsed during practice and subsequently died did not receive proper medical care and the school must accept "legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes." Maryland has parted ways with...
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July 24, 2018 - 4:02 pm
Bad dogs tend to die young. That's according to a British study that says aggression, excessive barking and disobedience are among behaviors that can doom canine pets to an early demise. One in three deaths among U.K. dogs younger than 3 years old was from "undesirable" behaviors. Euthanasia was...
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A sign that reads "Families belong Together" hangs on a fence outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., Tuesday, July 10, 2018. The Trump administration rushed to meet a deadline Tuesday for reuniting dozens of youngsters forcibly separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
July 10, 2018 - 8:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's use of DNA testing to match migrant children separated from their parents is justifiable as a last resort, medical experts say, but raises a host of ethical problems. That includes the risk of damaging the family fabric by revealing that an adult thought...
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June 12, 2018 - 2:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sexual harassment is rampant in academic science, and colleges and universities that train new scientists need a system-wide culture change so women won't be bullied out of the field, a national advisory group said Tuesday. In fact, it's time to treat sexual harassment as...
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This undated microscope image provided by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in January 2018 shows a trophectoderm biopsy, in which cells from the outer layer of an embryo that develop into the placenta and amniotic membranes are removed and can be used for genetic testing. When a couple is known to be at risk for having a child with a specific genetic disorder, the woman undergoes a procedure to remove some of her eggs. After fertilization, some cells can be plucked from the embryos and examined to identify those without carry the disease-causing abnormality. (ASRM via AP)Wedn
April 18, 2018 - 1:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — So you want to have a baby. Would you like a dark-haired girl with a high risk of someday getting colon cancer, but a good chance of above-average music ability? Or would you prefer a girl with a good prospect for high SAT scores and a good shot at being athletic, but who also is...
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This Dec. 19, 2017 file photo shows Tom Evans and Kate James, the parents of seriously ill Alfie Evans, in England. The head of the Vatican’s bioethics think tank said on Sunday, April 15, 2018 he hopes a dialogue can be reopened in the case of Alfie Evans, a terminally ill British child whose parents are locked in a legal battle over his care. Alfie is in a "semi-vegetative state" as the result of a degenerative neurological condition doctors have been unable to definitively identify. His parents want to take him to Italy but have been blocked by British courts, which say his condition is irreversible. (Philip Toscano/PA via AP,file)
April 15, 2018 - 9:25 am
LONDON (AP) — The head of the Vatican's bioethics think tank says he hopes a dialogue can be reopened in the case of Alfie Evans, a terminally ill British toddler whose parents are locked in a legal battle over his care. The 23-month-old Alfie is in a "semi-vegetative state" from a degenerative...
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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2018, file photo, John Bailey arrives at the 90th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Tuesday, March 27, 2018, that it has concluded its review of a misconduct allegation against Bailey and determined that no further action is required, saying that Bailey will remain intact in his position, which he has held since August. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
March 28, 2018 - 1:58 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has concluded its review of a misconduct allegation against film academy president John Bailey and determined that no further action is required. The film academy said late Tuesday that Bailey will remain in his position, which he...
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