Most of us know the ethical boundaries of social life in our respective cultures. “Be honest”, “Don’t steal”, “Don’t hurt or kill anyone” are just a few ethical codes that have been deeply imbedded in our minds ever since we were little children.
But what about moral codes in scientific life? Surely there must be some. But still simple rules like “Don’t kill” do not seem to keep scientists from injuring and destroying animals in pharmaceutical tests. And apart from the aspect of killing a living and sentient being: is it responsible to run trials on animals that have no or only minimal resemblance in their physiology compared to us? “Humans just aren’t
mice” is the statement from Dr Corinna Gericke. Read more in her comment on “Why animal experiments are not necessary” on page 9.
Not only researchers but also authors and editors of scientific journals must stay inside an ethical ramework to not generate a platform for fraud or enhancement but for honest and reproducible research. This applies also to negative and “null”- results. Are there any consequences for unethical behaviour in sciences? Find out what Brian Earp has to say in the interview on page 1.
As promised in our last issue we will also introduce you to the concept of Cradle to Cradle in an interview with Tim Janssen on page 5.
Of course, there is much more to explore about ethics in science and we already do have more in petto for our coming issues. Stay curious and dig through the JUnQ to find the hidden treasures!
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— Tatjana Daenzer