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Medical News & Perspectives
February 4, 1998

Improved Protection for Human Research Subjects

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JAMA. 1998;279(5):344-345. doi:10.1001/jama.279.5.344-JMN0204-3-1

A STRENGTHENED system for ensuring that human research subjects are adequately protected is beginning to emerge. Two proposals aimed at improving the current system were outlined at a meeting of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission last month in Washington, DC. One of the charges to the commission, created by President Clinton in 1995, was to review the way the rights and welfare of human research subjects are protected. Some commission members are convinced there is need for change.