To the Editor: Mr Schaefer and colleagues1 hold that individuals have a moral obligation to participate in research. We contend that assigning this obligation to the individual will fail to increase participation, particularly among ethnic minorities. Moreover, focusing on the role of individuals shifts attention away from the failed responsibilities of important social institutions and their leaders.
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