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Clough, who’s 37, also runs a website that helps people find trials to sign up for.

Some are like the one he’s doing right now, which stretches over three months and involves multiple stints living in a clinic with other volunteers, eating cafeteria food and showing up on time to get his vitals checked or to pop another pill.

“It’s like summer camp,” he says, then reconsiders, since in this trial he can’t leave. “It’s kind of like being in jail, except you don’t get shanked in the shower.”

Clough first heard about this line of work from a homeless man in Kansas City, Missouri or Kansas? Since then, he moved to Austin, Texas, to be closer to some of the big clinics that pay well. He says he can make thousands of dollars in just a few weeks. “Generally, the more procedures, the more perceived risk in a study, the more it’s going to pay,” he says.

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