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The Scientist, April 2, 2015
Tracy Vence, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Holly F. Lynch (Executive Director)


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Johns Hopkins University and other institutions are facing an up-to-$1 billion lawsuit brought by nearly 800 research participants and their families regarding experiments conducted in Guatemala during the 1940s that involved some participants getting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like gonorrhea, The Baltimore Sun reported yesterday (April 1). In August 2011, a US federal bioethics commission released a report detailing its probe of the experiments, finding ethical misconduct. A year earlier, President Barack Obama apologized to the participants and their families. [...]

In a 2012 New York Times opinion article, The Sun noted, I. Glenn Cohen and Holly Fernandez Lynch at Harvard Law School wrote: “Congress and the [Obama] administration must step up more than they have, by offering financial restitution to Guatemalans with plausible claims of harm. . . . Justice has not been done.”

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