Scientific Speech

Libel law in the UK has led to a number of cases involving scientific speech. For example, Nature was sued for a news article criticizing a researcher who published a large number of papers in the journal where he served as the editor, and science writer Simon Singh was sued for his comments on chiropractics.

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In a survey, about half of Canadian government scientists say they still feel as though they cannot speak freely, ScienceInsider reports.

The Atlantic reports that biohacker Josiah Zayner regrets injecting himself with the CRISPR gene-editing tool on stage.

Clinicians in China are moving ahead with a number of CRISPR trials, NPR reports, as the US embarks on its first.

In Nature this week: genomic approaches applied to study Neolithic and Bronze Age Europeans, and more.