Developments in the last several years have sparked renewed interest
in the ethics of research involving humans. Issues relating to the global
extent of research and its guiding principles are of particular importance
to researchers, health officials, and individual ethics committees who
want a deeper and more encompassing inquiry regarding the foundation and
evolution of human research. This department of CQ launches a
long overdue effort to explore these wider issues. Readers are invited to
submit papers to Charles MacKay, 5011 Worthington Drive, Bethesda, MD,
20816, USA. E-mail: email@example.com.Funding was provided by a research fund of the faculty of
medicine, University of Geneva. I thank Prof. T.W. Harding and Prof. C.-N.
Robert for their support.