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Unit 7 Ethics and Data Protection

1. Introduction

"My only merit is that I did not neglect the observation and that I pursued the subject as a bacteriologist."

Alexander Fleming on seeing the effect of the Penicillum bacteria on other bacteria.

When conducting research, one must be mindful of ethical and data protection issues. Ethical guidelines seek to work towards protecting the individuals, communities and environments involved in the studies against any form of harm, manipulation or malpractice. The importance of the role of ethics and data protection are explored in this unit.