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Obama orders review of Guatemala syphilis experiments

President Barack Obama today asked his bioethics commission to dig into the recent discovery that US government-funded scientists intentionally infected subjects with syphilis in a study in Guatemala in the 1940s. “The research was clearly unethical,” Obama wrote in a memorandum to Amy Gutmann, the chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. “In light of this revelation, I want to be assured that current rules for research participants protect people from harm or unethical treatment, domestically as well as internationally.” While the Guatemala experiment is six decades old, the shift of many pharamceutical companies’ clinical trials 


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