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Fixing Published Research Mistakes Not Easy; Fixing the Publishing System May Be Harder

A commentary in Nature suggests that the process for fixing mistakes in peer-reviewed research articles is flawed. The article, written by scientists at UAB, points out that journals are slow to respond and even slower to take action when questions regarding the accuracy of a published research paper are raised.

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Public Contributions to Science Increasingly Common

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So-called citizen science has become a significant force in several scholarly disciplines. The phenomenon can be found in both the natural and the social sciences, according to the largest systematic analysis to date on the topic, the results of which are published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

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J. Craig Venter Institute Policy Group Releases New Report: “DNA Synthesis and Biosecurity: Lessons Learned and Options for the Future”

he J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) policy group today released a new report titled, “DNA Synthesis and Biosecurity: Lessons Learned and Options for the Future,” which reviews how well the Department of Health and Human Services guidance for synthetic biology providers has worked since it was issued in 2010.

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Wake Forest University Offers Bioethics Scholars on Football, Concussions and the Bioethics of Sports

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A Stronger Ethical Culture Within the US Military Health Care Environment Is Needed

The health professional community should urge the United States Secretary of Defense to adopt and implement the recent recommendations of the Defense Health Board, and in addition rescind directives authorizing participation of health professionals in interrogation and force-feeding because they are inconsistent with professional ethics according to Leonard Rubenstein, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Berman Institute of Bioethics, Baltimore, and colleagues in a new Essay published this week in PLOS Medicine.

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Citizen Science Participation Increases Trust in Science

Lay people who participate in citizen science develop more interest in science after participating in such a project, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows. “Participating in science does more than teach people about science,” said Andrea Lucky, an assistant research scientist in the UF/IFAS entomology department and co-author of the study. “It builds trust in science and helps people understand what scientific research is all about.”

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The Ugly Consumer: Ridiculing Those Who Shop Ethically

No one wants to knowingly buy products made with child labor or that harm the environment. But a new study shows that we also don’t want to work too hard to find out whether our favorite products were made ethically. And we really don’t like those good people who make the effort to seek out ethically made goods.

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New DFG Grant Proposal for a Software Quality Control Able to Stand the Test of Time

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For a software to be maintained in an optimal condition, as well as in track of any necessary updates and innovations, it needs to be kept in check constantly. This appears to be the only way for any potential quality problems that may arise to be detected and handled momentarily well before a user can encounter them.

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The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Is Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for this round of proposals is January 15, 2016. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February 2016. The Institute pays a competitive rate--and covers expenses--for investigative reporting that advances social and economic justice. All stories are published in In These Times magazine and on InTheseTimes.com.

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Top Stories 11 Dec 2015; New Forensic Science Breakthroughs, Breast Cancer Treatment Difference by Age, Racial Disparities in Dialysis, and More...

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Reilly Center Releases Its Annual Top 10 List of Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues in Science and Technology

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame has released its fourth annual list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology for 2016. This list is designed to get people thinking about potential ethical dilemmas before controversial science or technology goes mainstream.

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ROCKET AF Clinical Trial Executive Committee Releases Secondary Analysis

The ROCKET AF Clinical Trial Executive Committee today announced its secondary analysis of the phase III trial (ROCKET AF) of the oral anticoagulant rivaroxaban. The analysis was prompted by a December 2014 FDA recall of a device used in the study.

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Vanderbilt Historian Offers Unsettling Look at Bioengineered Near Future

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While some people today feel driven to purchase the latest smartphone or other technology, historian Michael Bess worries how near-future generations will deal with innovations ranging from pills that boost intelligence to bioengineered body parts for all ages.

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Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Professors Analyze Ethical Issues with Social Media in Health Care

Social media has become engrained into almost every area of our life, but should you really be Facebook friends with your doctor?

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UW-Madison Bioethicist Co-Chairs Gene Editing Study

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R. Alta Charo, a professor of law and longtime student of the regulation and ethics of biotechnology, was named co-chair of a study committee established Nov. 12 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to look into the implications of a faster, easier and more precise method for "editing" genes.

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Johns Hopkins Expert Available: Human Gene Editing - Policy and Ethics

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Anti-Vaccination Websites Use ‘Science’ and Stories to Support Claims, Study Finds

A content analysis of nearly 500 anti-vaccination websites found that over two-thirds used what they represented as scientific evidence to support the idea that vaccines are dangerous and nearly one-third contained anecdotes that reinforced the perception.

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Guidelines on Sharing Individual Genomic Research Findings with Family

A blue-ribbon project group funded by the National Institutes of Health has published the first consensus guidelines on how researchers should share genomic findings in research on adults and children with other family members. The recommendations, published in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, offer direction on sharing information before and after the death of an individual research participant.

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Assessing the Role of Negative Citations in Science

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A new study conducted by researchers from three institutions has examined in the role of negative citations in academic publishing. The researchers found that one in 50 citations from a major academic journal contained criticism of previous work.