There are lots of ways to make a buck, but becoming a human guinea pig for drug research has to be one of the oddest. “We are selling our bodies, most definitely,” says Paul Clough, who has taken part in more than 80 drug tests in the past 11 years

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Commentary authors include our Erin P. Williams, MBE, “Payment for participation in research makes many IRB members nervous because of their concerns about why we pay study participants and whether it could lead to harm. Coercion in this context is best described as a person’s being forced into a decision that might leave him or her in a worse position than if he or she never encountered the offer”

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