A Scientist's Oath

Mol Cell. 2018 Sep 20;71(6):879-881. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2018.08.026.


Data on the perceptions of scientists suggest a moderate public distrust of scientist's motivations. Bettridge et al. suggest scientist's reluctance to engage the public on controversial ethical issues may be a contributing factor. The authors propose a Scientist's Oath to send a clear message to the public about our ideals.

Keywords: Hippocratic Oath; diversity; duty; engagement; ethics; graduate student; integrity; medical student; public trust; responsibility.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Codes of Ethics
  • Ethics, Research
  • Humans
  • Laboratory Personnel / ethics*
  • Research
  • Trust