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Policy, Society, and Ethics

The hubris of science, plus intrusions of Western technology and medicine into the developing world, make one wonder: why not health care and knowledge for all, rather than a fortunate few? Life sciences will continue their global reach, but not without controversy.

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Patterns of Complicity  By Horace Freeland Judson
The truth about fraud in science is that it is part of a larger social system, and both older and more insidious than most people think. Is it really possible for science to police itself?

Experimenting with Fairness
Paragraph 30 of the World Medical Association’s Helsinki Declaration doesn’t seem like the formula for starting a hullabaloo. Nonetheless,it has stirred an increasingly testy debate over drug trials in developing countries.

Amid Death, a Model for Hope
In the midst of what many call the worst health crisis for women and children in Afghanistan in recent memory, a hero has emerged in the form of a former Afghan general. And in a country where men rule absolutely, the surprise is that this general is a woman and a former army surgeon.

Echo Chamber of Secrets
Critics charge that President Bush has been using hand-picked scientists and science advisers to advance his moral and political agenda—especially in the realm of medicine and biotechnology.

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