Too Good To Be True

January 24, 2018

(Inside Higher Ed) – A professor who knows he might be dying flouts research protocols and teams up with a Hollywood producer to test a highly experimental herpes vaccine on human subjects. The patients — some of whom traveled to a house in the Caribbean for injections — start reporting adverse side effects. The professor largely dismisses the patients’ concerns and later dies, leaving his apparently unwitting institution to answer for him. It sounds like the stuff of fiction, but it’s Southern Illinois University’s reality.

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