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Science  27 Aug 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5432, pp. 1337-1338
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5432.1337a

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BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA-- A study in California of an antiviolence drug given to incarcerated teenagers, which was recently hailed as a model for work with such a rarely studied population, is now under attack for possibly violating laws to protect inmates involved in medical research. The investigation centers on whether the research met legal requirements that all inmates in a study have a reasonable chance of benefiting from their participation.