Institutions that conduct human research generally have a reputation for strict fact-finding, going where the research leads while maintaining firm rules to protect the people who are studied. If those rules are violated, the consequences can be serious. It’s worse when workers and others are afraid to report violations

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A string of blatantly illegal attacks on clinics and ambulances in war zones around the world prompted the Security Council last year to demand protection for health workers and accountability for their attackers

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Our Leonard Rubenstein. a lawyer who also directs a program on human rights, health and conflict at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. says there were a staggering number of assaults on health care facilities in 2016. Rubenstein is the editor of a new report called “Impunity Must End” about aggression against health facilities and health workers globally last year

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Expert group recommends long-term tracking, other restrictions for germline tinkering. Jeffrey Kahn, a bioethicist at Johns Hopkins University, says the door to heritable gene therapy remains closed until stringent requirements can be met. “It’s frankly more of a knock on the door,” he said at the public presentation of the report

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With the conclusion of the International Summit on Human Gene Editing, the second component of the Initiative began: a study of the scientific underpinnings of human gene-editing technologies, their potential use in biomedical research and medicine — including human germline editing — and the clinical, ethical, legal, and social implications of their use. Read the results of this study now. Committee includes our Jeffrey Kahn

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Presidents have appointed special commissions to help them tackle bioethical issues that arise during their tenure. President Barack Obama will leave behind a distinguished legacy of accomplishments in bioethics, including a Commission that produced ten reports and over a hundred recommendations on a diverse set of issues that impact the stakeholders of all kinds

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The Nuffield Council for Bioethics was looking into CRISPR – a biological system for altering DNA. Scientists believe CRISPR could have radical effects on areas as diverse as disease prevention and food security. The Nuffield Council said discussing ethical issues now would aid public understanding of the new technology

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Adopting a ‘demitarian’ diet would lead to a 25-40% reduction in nitrogen emissions from agriculture in Europe, report shows

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