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Last summer, St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra began a conversation about some of the ethical issues involved when people are used as the subjects of scientific research.

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People are sometimes used as test subjects in scientific research – from clinical trials, to studies on the toxicity of pesticides.

The federal government is currently revising the regulation designed to protect human research subjects from harm.

Washington University law professor Rebecca Dresser wrote an article published in the journal Science, talking about some changes she’d like to see made. She spoke with St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra.