Stark Considers NIH Medical Research in the 1960s

In an OpEd for The Los Angeles Times, Laura Stark, assistant professor of science in society, assistant professor of sociology, assistant professor of environmental studies, explains flaws in the current research review system in the United States. On the heels of a US apology for medical research in Guatemala, the US now has on opportunity to overhaul ethics rules. Stark shows how the ethics review process enabled the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use federal prisoners in experiments during the 1960s. Attention to where our present-day ethics came from shows the flaw in our current system.