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Panel Blasts Ethics, Science of 1940s Guatemala Studies

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Science  02 Sep 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6047, pp. 1211
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6047.1211

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An exhaustive high-level review of unethical syphilis experiments conducted in Guatemala by U.S. researchers in the 1940s has found little to redeem the work or its lead researcher. The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues found that the study was shoddy scientifically and did not meet ethical standards at the time.