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Indian doctor's decision to “self test” AIDS vaccine decried as unethical

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 29 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:252
  1. Ganapati Murdur
  1. New Delhi

    An Indian doctor has reported that he injected himself with a candidate HIV vaccine that he had developed but which had not been approved for human use.

    Dr Pradeep Seth, head of microbiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, said that he took the vaccine—after results in mice and monkeys were encouraging—only to see how the human body would react to it.

    “The test has generated data, and, even if it did nothing else, it has boosted my own confidence in the vaccine,” said Dr Seth. The DNA vaccine, supported …

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