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November 25, 2009

Participating in Biomedical Research

JAMA. 2009;302(20):2200-2202. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1718

To the Editor: According to Mr Schaefer and colleagues,1 individuals are obligated to participate in biomedical research, at least in part, because “the research enterprise overall produces valuable public goods.” However, individuals enroll in specific studies, not the “research enterprise overall.” The value of public goods produced by studies varies greatly, with important implications for individuals' obligations.