Ethicists call for more scrutiny of "human-challenge" trials

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Ethicists call for more scrutiny of "human-challenge" trials

April 24, 2018

Seema Shah, a UW associate chair of pediatrics and bioethics, is co-author of paper in Science 

"Members of a government ethics panel have renewed their criticisms of a controversial study in which volunteers are to be deliberately infected with the Zika virus.

In an article published this month in the journal Science, panel members called for the establishment of ethics committees to review the design of such human-challenge studies, which are sometimes used to test vaccines.

'There is no way to turn back time,' said Ms. Seema Shah, a bioethicist at the University of Washington who chaired the panel and is a co-author of the new paper."