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Ethicists Fault Review of Children's Study

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Science  30 Aug 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5586, pp. 1461
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5586.1461a

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The ethics panels that assess proposed experiments on human subjects by U.S. researchers traditionally operate behind closed doors. A recently dusted-off federal rule governing certain children's studies is opening that process to the light of public review, however, and some bioethicists don't like what they see.