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U.S. Questions Harvard Research in China

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Science  05 Apr 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5565, pp. 28
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5565.28a

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BOSTON-- Government investigators last week took Harvard University and two other U.S. institutions to task for their handling of research studies involving rural Chinese subjects. University officials insist they have already tightened their procedures, but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has asked for more information on whether researchers failed to obtain informed consent in advance, backdated documents, and misled investigators about the number of people involved in the studies.