Welcome to the CODEX website - rules and guidelines for research
This website's aim is to give researchers and other interested parties access to and information on the guidelines, ethics codes and laws that regulate and place ethical demands on the research process. One can search for a specific document or ones originating from a certain author ("Rules and guidelines"). Short introductions to issues in research ethics create a certain coherence and help those looking for a quick overview ("About research ethics"). There are weekly news updates from the world of research ethics.
CODEX addresses first and foremost those who are actively involved in research, but also the interested public. Thus, no special previous knowledge is needed to understand the website's contents. We graciously accept corrections and suggestions for additions - and please tell us when finding broken links.
Some Human Eggs Should Be Patentable
Unfertilised human eggs that can't develop into human beings are generally not "human embryos" within the meaning of the EU directive on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions, a 17 July European Court of Justice Advocate General opinion said (IP Watch). Read more »
Alarm over biosafety blunders
The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has held an alarming press conference, describing lab mistakes with three deadly pathogens and vowing to "do everything in my power to make sure that nothing like this happens again" (Science). Read more »
Research teams clash over too-similar MERS papers
Scientists working on the deadly MERS virus are puzzled by 2 papers in separate journals that tell the same story and are based on data from the very same patient (ScienceInsider). Read more »
Church let 2,000 children be used in experiments
More than 2000 Irish children in religious run homes were subjected to drugs trials in the 1930s according to a shocking new report (IrishCentral). Read more »
New technology could replace animal testing
Researchers from Harvard University's Wyss Institute are developing 'bio-chips' that replicate the functioning of organs in the human body (BioEdge). Read more »
No stop to funding embryonic stem cell research
The European Commission has rejected a petition calling for a halt to the funding of research involving the 'presupposed destruction' of human embryos (BioNews). Read more »