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Biology: Scientific Ethics

Subject Research Guide

The Chemical Professional's Code of Conduct (ACS)

Yes, you are right. This is a BIOLOGY guide, but you have no equivalent. Everything committed to below could just as well be adopted by a Biology council. It is still relevant even if it is a chemist's creed.

The Chemical Professionals Code of Conduct

Other Ethics Resources

Web Site

The Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science is a professional and very complete site designed for students in the sciences and engineering. The Center supports a "Help Desk" for students needing advice on ethical problems as well as areas with ethics resource materials, cases, codes, diversity and gender issues, problems in the corporate world, etc. There is also an extensive bibliography and a helpful glossary of ethics terms. It is supported by Case Western Reserve University.

Discussion Group

Listservs are a good way to keep in touch with the major thinkers in a field. SCIFRAUD is an open listserv maintained by SUNY-Albany which deals with ethics in science. The email address for subscribing is

SCIFRAUD is dedicated to the discussion of fraud in science, such as the prevalence of fraud in science, the use of fraud and dishonesty productively in science, the structure of science, competition in science, Institutionalized Science, and the history of fraud in science.

Conduct of Scientists

On Being A Scientist from the National Academies

This video is based on third edition of On Being a Scientist and reflects developments since the publication of the original edition in 1989 and a second edition in 1995.

Bioethics: Laboratory Animal Care and Use

NIH National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare -
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