MRC cleared of unethical research practices

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 30 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1625
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Eight studies carried out in the 1950s and 1960s which entailed the use of radiation and in which the investigators were accused of exploiting and possibly harming those who took part have been deemed ethical by an independent Medical Research Council (MRC) inquiry, the same body that funded the research.

    The MRC launched its inquiry into the radiation experiments after a Channel 4 documentary Deadly Experiments, broadcast in July 1995, raised concerns about the way this and other research had been conducted. The programme asserted that many people who took part in the studies, including pregnant women and Asian …

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