Tag Archives: science

Don’t be too excited over Malcolm Turnbull’s newfound love for science

The Prime Minister has put science ‘at the centre of our national agenda’ and announced a new Chief Scientist. But that doesn’t guarantee change. Originally published in SBS News 29 October 2015 The Coalition Government has pressed ‘reset’ on its relationship with science. Malcolm Turnbull initiated the shift last week whilst handing out the Prime […]


Is our desire for genetic answers cultural rather than scientific?

Genes and the Bioimaginary,by Professor Deborah Lynn Steinberg, investigates whether the foundations of much genetic research are scientifically sound.   Originally published in The Guardian, 27 August, 2015 The last few decades have seen what some describe as a ‘genetic revolution’. Advances in genetic science have seen genes become all encompassing in political and scientific […]

Hospital beds. By Канопус Киля (my photo) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

CIA torture is only part of medical science’s dark modern history

Recent revelations about post-9/11 practice remind us that doctors’ ethical guidelines are only as good the society that has allowed a variety of shocking human experimentation. Originally published in The Guardian, 22 June, 2015.  New documents released by the Guardian have shown the CIA may have broken its own internal ethics policies during their controversial […]