Medical Ethics

In the COVID-19 crisis, rival institutions joined forces. Can those collaborations endure?

Science and public health have been under steady attack. It is up to medical professionals to fight back.

Toxic work environments are bad for science. Morteza Mahmoudi is on a crusade to clean them up.

Self-experimentation has a long history in medicine. Should its practice today be shunned or embraced?

New gene-editing techniques let researchers create precisely the laboratory animals they need—but at what ethical cost?

The American College of Physicians’ new ethical guidelines has its members separating prudent cost controls from ones that may adversely affect patient care.

In 1966, the anaesthetist-in-chief of Massachusetts General Hospital published a paper that would yield greater protection for clinical trial subjects.

Doctors use Facebook and Twitter just like the rest of the public, but their participation brings ethical and legal risks.

Far from replacing animal testing, computer simulation is leading to smarter experiments—and the need for more animals.

Disgraced stem-cell scientist Woo Suk Hwang has become exhibit A in the case for tightening scrutiny of apparent medical advances.

As these medical bloggers relate, care exacts an ethical toll as well as a financial one.

Brain-scanning breakthroughs are proving remarkably able to detect falsehoods. But is it wrong to invade a liar’s skull?

Top Stories

Genomic analysis details how SARS-CoV-2 spread through Boston.

They represent a small minority of victims. But their illness could hold valuable lessons about how COVID-19 works—and how to stop it.

A pristine record of toxic exposures and psychological trauma rests in a child’s mouth—if only it can be decoded.

Selected Reads

For decades, a tiny encampment of researchers has held that statin treatment is a hoax. In a time when contrarian views roar to life on social media, how can medicine keep minority opinions from doing irreparable harm?

Two years in deep space will subject the body to unprecedented stresses. Scientists are probing the secrets to survival.

A freak explosion tore through the quiet Nova Scotian city, prompting one of the most dramatic medical responses in history.