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Hastings Cent Rep. 1985 Feb;15(1):15-7.

Baby Fae: the "anything goes" school of human experimentation.



The case of Baby Fae is likened to previous cases of high-risk xenograft experiments in which members of groups at particular risk for exploitation were sacrificed to scientific progress in violation of major precepts of the Nuremberg Code. Annas finds fault with the scientific justification for performing the experiment on an infant, the adequacy of the Institutional Review Board review, and the quality of the parents' consent. He concludes that, if current federal regulations cannot prevent such gross exploitation of the terminally ill, they must be revised. In addition, a "national review board" should perhaps be established to deal with complex new technologies.

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