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Complexity Slows Drive to Revise Human-Subjects Rules

By Paul Basken

Universities knew they faced a complicated and far-reaching challenge when the federal government announced last month that it planned the first overhaul in three decades of regulations governing research on humans.

That realization was confirmed Wednesday with an announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services that it would accept university pleas for a one-month extension of the period for comments on the plan.

Current federal rules governing the protection of human subjects were established in 1981, after abuses such as the Tuskegee syphilis study were publicized, and at a time when most drug trials were carried out at a single location.

Continued at: http://chronicle.com/article/Complexity-Slows-Drive-to/128852/

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