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“If it’s true there was no consent process, then it’s pretty bad, it’s unethical research,” says Dr Susan Hall, a researcher in bioethics at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

It’s generally “ethically unacceptable” agrees Dr Ruth Faden, the founder of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics in the United States. Nevertheless, she said that the patient’s rights and interest have to be balanced with the potential benefits of the research to humanity as a whole.

“The answer surely shouldn’t be, let’s not share our samples because if we can’t benefit, no one should benefit,” she argues. “There has to be another way, there has to be a way in which we all realise the shared interest that we have.” …

…continue reading ‘Ebola’s Lost Blood: Row Over Samples Flown Out of Africa as ‘Big Pharma’ Set to Cash In’

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