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AAAS Statement on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility

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Science  27 Oct 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6362, pp. 462
DOI: 10.1126/science.358.6362.462-b
CREDIT: MICK WIGGINS/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

Scientific freedom and scientific responsibility are essential to the advancement of human knowledge for the benefit of all. Scientific freedom is the freedom to engage in scientific inquiry, pursue and apply knowledge, and communicate openly. This freedom is inextricably linked to and must be exercised in accordance with scientific responsibility. Scientific responsibility is the duty to conduct and apply science with integrity, in the interest of humanity, in a spirit of stewardship for the environment, and with respect for human rights.

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