A nurse prepares medication for a patient in the TACTIC-R clinical trial at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, England, May 21, 2020.
What prompts healthy volunteers to take part in clinical research? And how are they protected?
Chinese scientists led by He Jiankui claimed they used CRISPR to modify human embryos that eventually were born as twin girls.
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The announcement of the birth of babies with edited genes has been met by a deluge of scientific and ethical criticism. Public discussion focuses on risks and benefits – was breaking this taboo worth it?
In the end, with internet-based social research, scientists might be able to know humans beyond their own understanding.
Digital technology and its ability to process vast amounts of human-generated data can be a powerful tool for social science research.
‘The Plantation,’ oil on wood, ca. 1825.
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Slaves were involved in medical experimentation in the 1700s – both as sources of knowledge and as nonconsenting participants.
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A new community is experimenting on their own bodies with electronic implants, says the man who pioneered the idea nearly 20 years ago.
The cheapest and most efficient means of conducting clinical trials lies in outsourcing to the ‘developing’ world.
On Human Experiments – As demand grows for newer and better drugs for an expanding range of conditions, so too does the need for clinical testing.
You may read paper, online is no different.
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On Human Experiments – behavioural research is now big online, and you’re likely to be part of it whether you know it or not.
Medications prescribed for disorders are being used by DIY brain-hackers.
On Human Experiments – Are we all just lab rats in a big smart drugs experiment?
In the 1940s and 50s, hundreds of Guatemalan men, women and children were deliberately infected with syphilis and gonorrhoea.
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On Human Experiments - Should there be compensatio when evidence of unethical research is uncovered long after the event?
Used for whatever purpose.
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The horrors of slavery also spread to research: black bodies provided easy targets for medical experiments.
Results of Nazi hypothermia experiments were cited in papers from the 1950s-1980s.
On Human Experiments - The Nazi experiments during World War II were among the most egregious instances of unethical human research. But does that mean we can’t use the data they generated?
The Nazis subjected Jews, political prisoners and other ‘undesirables’ to a range of experiments that resulted in death and disability.
The horror of the human experiments by Nazi doctors led to the Nuremberg Code but the international declaration it inspired was watered down for political purposes.
Physician Karl Brandt is sentenced to death for crimes including using prisoners for medical research.
On Human Experiments – The impact of World War II on the development of human research ethics often overshadows the fascinating history and evolution of what came before.
A pioneer at work.
Library of Congress
The first part of our series On Human Experiments looks at the parameters of human research and its ethical bounds.
Exercise Desert Rock I Buster Jangle Dog.
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On Human Experiments: what lies behind some of the most shocking human experiments in recent history? Here’s a clue: most of it took place during wartime or when war seemed like a real threat.