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Sunday, April 02, 2023

New resource introduced for ethical research dilemmas on campus

The Research Ethics Consultation Service, a new program for scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be available for ethical dilemmas that arise during research, according to a news release.

The service will be available for scientists who come across ethical problems, commonly found in research areas such as human test subjects, animal welfare and intellectual property.

The Research Ethics Consultation team will help by referencing commonly accepted procedural methods in relation to these dilemmas.

According to data from similar services at other universities, RECS is expected to receive 20-30 inquires annually.

In the release, bioethics professor Pilar Ossorio said she expects the panels will receive numerous questions in the field of genetic information due to challenges coming from genome sequencing and genetic markers linked to serious diseases.

Researchers should consider using the service whenever they feel troubled about the future of a project, Ossorio said.

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