Saturday, April 28, 2007

Full time Research Participants

Another fascinating article on research ethics is available in Wired. This time it is about the small subset of research participants who might be called full time research participants, people who effectively just become enrolled in more and more research studies for money.

While there are concerns about the risks these people are taking, but they are autonomous individuals who at least eventually are probably well aware of the risks. The real worry here I think is the hash that these people are making of the science by lying to get on the research. Its interesting that the reporter themselves are swiftly lying to the researcher to avoid an unpleasant change of diet...

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