Revisiting Research Ethics

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In November 2010, President Obama charged the Bioethics Commission to conduct a thorough review of current protections for research participants.  The Bioethics Commission completed its work in December 2011 and, in its report, Moral Science: Protecting Participants in Human Subjects Research, offered fourteen recommendations to improve the current system.  Less than one month later, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asked the Bioethics Commission “to conduct a thorough review of the ethical considerations of conducting clinical trials of medical countermeasures (MCMs) in children.”  In Safeguarding Children, the Bioethics Commission offered six recommendations in response.

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