In Pausing Human Research on Zika, Medical Ethicists Acknowledge a Dark Past

March 22, 2017

(WBUR) – This was the proposal: Deliberately infect a small group of consenting adults with the Zika virus to learn about the disease and speed up the search for a vaccine. The need is clear. Zika is an emerging global threat to public health. The disease can be devastating, especially for the babies of mothers who catch it while pregnant. What might go wrong and what might go right with such an experiment?

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