“Human beings are being treated like animals”  R.M. Lodha, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India An opinion article in The Sunday Guardian by Jacob Puliyel, MD, focuses on the plan to conduct unethical medical experiments in which  human beings are deliberately infected with infectious diseases in order to develop possible vaccines. These…

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Beware the month of August – when Congress and many citizens are vacationing! Government bureaucrats favor August to issue announcements about radical medical research policy changes, for which taxpayer money is sought. They do so, to avoid public controversy about public funding of radical experimentation…

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Stakeholders in the Medical research enterprise, in the European Union and in the U.S., claim that clinical trials conducted on human subjects adhere to strict safety standards. “One of the things that sets clinical trials apart from other scientific experiments is the obligation for care. Investigators undertaking them have obligations to ensure that patients enrolled…

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Recent developments in gene transfer research: risk and ethics Mon, 10 Jan 2005 An analysis by Dr. Jonathan Kimmelman, in the British Medical Journal provides an illuminating, clearly articulated discussion about the ethical dilemmas that challenge gene transfer experiments – essentially a kind of human genetic engineering involving somatic cells, in which a genetically engineered…

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Bad Medicine – Editorial – Guardian UK Sat, 12 Jun 2004 New York State Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, is being recognized as a hero on both sides of the Atlantic. That’s because, unlike FDA officials, he knows how to use a “smoking gun” to affect change in corporate practices to protect the public health! An…

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July 26, 2002 Cancer Trials: 60% to 70% of subjects are children – Wall Street Journal The Wall Street Journal reports that there is a shortage of people volunteering to test experimental cancer drugs. “Overall, only 3% to 4% of cancer patients participate in trials. Most of those participants are children; about 60% to 70%…

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Another Child Devloped Cancer: SCID Trials Suspended – ABC Tue, 14 Jan 2003 ABC News reports that the FDA suspended 30 gene therapy trials after a second child developed leukemia. So far, two boys who had undergone the experimental gene therapy treatment for immunodeficiency, “bubble boy disease” — or SCID–developed leukemia. “In gene therapy, a…

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