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Proposed Changes to the Common Rule Could Limit Medical Research


Background: The "Common Rule" is a body of regulations originally published in 1991 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and codified by 15 other agencies to address egregious ethics violations such as the Tuskegee syphilis study. The laws were designed to protect the privacy and well-being of research participants and have remained largely unchanged until modifications were proposed in September 2015. Intention of Changes: In 1991, law makers could not image a more...
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