A Star Trek exploration into the usage of data obtained from unethical medical experiments

  • Lana Tennenhouse


Although the medical community has conclusively agreed that unethical research should not be performed, it is less clear what to do with data obtained from previous unethical experiments. It is dicult to discard data that may hold potential to improve or even save lives; unfortunately, the data will never exist separately from the unethical conditions in which it was generated. Using a relevant Star Trek: Voyager  episode as a framework, this paper considers how to be ethical stewards of data that was obtained unethically.