Saturday, December 1, 2018

"This case reveals the ineffectiveness of our educational institutions to inculcate the most basic understanding of research ethics into those whom they purport to educate."

Mark Yarborough is writing about He Jiankui and his gene-editing experiments, but to be honest, he could be writing about any number of research scandals. He Jiankui was no "rogue scientist." He trained at Rice University and Stanford University, both of which house well-known bioethics programs. This raises a larger question. Why do so many scandals occur at institutions filled with bioethicists? Penn, Johns Hopkins, Minnesota, Duke -- even UC Davis, where Yarborough works as a bioethicist, recently survived a major scandal.  Is it possible that the presence of ethicists at an institution actually increases the likelihood of misconduct?

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