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Fred Hutchinson Center Under Fire

Science  06 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5514, pp. 25
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5514.25

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One of the most respected U.S. clinical research centers--the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle-has been engulfed for the past month in a media investigation of alleged conflicts of interest and ethical problems in clinical trials conducted there in the 1980s. Now, partly as a result of this news coverage, "the Hutch" has been hit with a class-action lawsuit by the husband of a cancer patient who volunteered for experimental therapy in 1985.