The "Basics" of Human Subjects Research
Research in humans differs from other research in that the subject has decision-making power and must be treated with respect. The long history, even in the name of science of one group of humans exploiting another has made it necessary to establish elaborate rules and procedures to protect human participants in research. The IRB's authority is founded in and guided by many sources. Seminal documents are provided as a resource to the Mayo Clinic Investigator and members of the research team.
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