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[evol-psych] NIH not told of deaths in gene studies

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  • Ian Pitchford
    3rd November, 1999 NIH NOT TOLD OF DEATHS IN GENE STUDIES from The Washington Post Scientists and drug companies have failed to notify the National Institutes
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      3rd November, 1999

      NIH NOT TOLD OF DEATHS IN GENE STUDIES

      from The Washington Post

      Scientists and drug companies have failed to notify the National Institutes of
      Health about six deaths that occurred in gene therapy experiments in the past
      19 months, keeping details of the deaths from becoming public, according to
      interviews with researchers and federal officials.

      The deaths are the first in gene therapy to come to light that were purposely
      withheld from the NIH, one of two federal agencies charged with overseeing the
      safety of the controversial field of medical research, which seeks to cure
      diseases by giving patients new genes.

      The lack of disclosure provides new evidence of a shift toward secrecy in gene
      therapy, traditionally one of the more open fields of medical research, and
      reflects escalating efforts by gene therapy companies to weaken federal
      reporting regulations.

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      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/WPlate/1999-11/03/208l-110399-idx.html
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