Why Guinea Pigging Should Not Be Allowed

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Guinea pigging should not be permitted. Fair subject selection was one of the seven requirements for ethical research described by Emanuel, Wendler, and Grady (2000). The scientific goals should guide recruitment and enrollment and not vulnerability, privilege, or other factors. The reliance of the study on the amount of payments to subjects and their personal financial situation as a determinate to participation would violate the ethical value of justice. The selection of undocumented immigrants, the poor, racial minorities, other vulnerable groups violates fair selection. The reliance on recruiters and word of mouth to determine if a study is safe would indicate the lack of informed consent. This violates the ethical value of subject autonomy.

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