According to a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center, almost 80% of adults believe that the outcomes of scientific research has made life easier for most people (Funk & Rainie, 2015). Because of this, I would argue that many people within our society -- the public -- feel as if the scientific community has the power to decide why and how this research is conducted and used. Following this line of logic, the relationship between the common man and the...
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...on, 2013). Two years after the Associated Press published the exposé on the Tuskegee study, the National Research Act was signed into law. The 1974 law created the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, which the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues cites as being the first national bioethics group (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, n.d.). In the same year, a number of research practice regulations were passed by the government. One such regulation required the researchers of every study funded or done by Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (DHEW) to get voluntary informed consent by all participants. Another required that “all DHEW-supported studies using human subjects be reviewed by Institutional Review Boards” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013).
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