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Reforms aim to make medical research safer for its subjects

Reforms aim to make medical research safer for its subjects

When University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers were looking for volunteers to test a vaccine for Ebola, which was killing thousands of people in West Africa, Andrea Buchwald raised her hand in Baltimore. "Scientific curiosity," the 29-year-old graduate research assistant in Maryland's department of epidemiology said, explaining why — along with her trust in the system governing treatment of human subjects — she was willing to be experimented on. "Consent for clinical trials is a very stringent process," Buchwald added. "You're expected to do your best to ensure your participants are fully informed and doing this of their own...

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