Friday, March 27, 2009

Registering a fake IRB

This just in from Nature on the IRB sting operation:

"A three-legged dog named Trooper overseeing experiments on humans? An ethics committee named “Phak√© Medical Devices” and based in “Paynesville, South Carolina”? No problem, sign right up. It was a sting operation tailor-made for congressional theatrics, and the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce obliged yesterday as they heard accounts of an undercover operation to expose weaknesses in the country’s fragmented system of human research oversight."

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