African-Americans are disproportionately enrolled in studies that don’t require informed consent

African-Americans are overrepresented in clinical trials that don’t require researchers to get individual, informed consent, a new study finds.

African-Americans are enrolled in clinical trials that do not require patients to give individual consent at a disproportionately high level, according to a study published Monday.

Scientists are allowed to conduct these experiments without obtaining consent from each individual participant because they are testing emergency medical procedures, and often the patients physically can’t respond. For example, scientists might be comparing two different methods of CPR, or examining the effect of different drug cocktails to treat a heart attack. So, the Food and Drug Administration allows researchers to test out the treatment anyway,

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