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In Pausing Human Research on Zika, Medical Ethicists Acknowledge a Dark Past

In Pausing Human Research on Zika, Medical Ethicists Acknowledge a Dark Past

The National Institutes of Health called for an ethics consultation on the study which involved deliberately infecting a small group of consenting adults with the Zika virus to learn about the disease and speed up the search for a vaccine. The NIH panel’s answer, in short, was this: The research could be justified, but conditions must be met. The panel’s chair — lawyer, ethicist and pediatrics professor Seema Shah, of the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Research Institute — is mentioned in the article.

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