James Marion Sims and Experiments on Slaves
“Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male”
Henrietta Lacks’ Immortal HeLa Cells
Tuskegee Study Secret Revealed
National Research Act
Presidential Apology for Tuskegee Trial
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Study to Understand African Americans’ Attitudes about Clinical Trials
Despite the troubling history, today’s clinical studies are safer than ever before. Institutional review boards that include both scientists and lay people oversee most studies to help keep participants safe. Informed consent laws require clinical researchers to provide participants with complete information about the study, including benefits and risks. Better – and more – treatments, and even a universal cure, for sickle cell may be near if patients continue to participate in clinical studies.
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