Research regulation, United States and Canada
Research regulation in the United States and Canada should be done so as to put down laws regulating both public and privately sponsored medical research with human subjects. Such regulations should help limit violation of human rights in research and at the same time giving researchers the jurisdiction to carry out their work within the law. Research guarantees a better tomorrow; however, most researchers have continuously ignored their subject's well-being ignoring the society that funds the research. The thirst to get results has made researchers forget basics in ethics while dealing with human subjects. The STD Research in Guatemala report made it clear that the US research made ethical violations in a conscious way in the Guatemala research on syphilis where they injected soldiers, prostitutes and prisoners with syphilis and other STI's.
In dealing with cultural heritage matters and research, the government should contact the closest relatives, the cultural leaders and elders to strike a balance and allow research to be undertaken for the benefit of the larger society. The society should strike a balance between civic engagement and active citizenship. The society provides the subjects, and it consumes the research results. In case two: studying of bones, the Huron-Wendat people believe that bones are sacred and hence they should not be "stolen" from the Poole-Rose ossuary for research purposes. Trustworthiness of researchers should be clarified using physical examination and experimental follow-up of the researchers to determine their true intentions rather than just checking their documents that could have minor spelling or typing errors.
[...] Experiments that could result into permanent harm or death of patients should not be undertaken on human subjects, rather suitable animal subjects can be used, and the results extrapolated to the human case. Allowing researchers too much freedom would be pronouncing disaster to the human subjects in their research. Researchers desire to use ready- made ‘laboratory' make them not consider humanitarian aspect of their profession. Research is showing suffering of human subjects should be accorded the necessary government support, and the research should be stopped until when the subjects would be fit health wise. The case on aboriginal experiments shows that the researchers were unfair to the malnutrition victims. [...]
[...] The law is like a double edged sword; it cuts both ways. With proper research on the people and their requirements it's possible to end oppression of human subjects, bind subjects to act according to their contacts and give researchers the required freedom to deliver well-founded research. The society should continuously uphold the law by advocating respect of Persons, beneficence and Justice for everyone. Bibliography Sales, B. D., & Folkman, S. (2000). Ethics in research with human participants in science. Washington, D.C: American Psychological Association. King, N. M. [...]
[...] The thirst to get results has made researchers forget basics in ethics while dealing with human subjects. The STD Research in Guatemala report made it clear that the US research made ethical violations in a conscious way in the Guatemala research on syphilis where they injected soldiers, prostitutes and prisoners with syphilis and other STI's. In dealing with cultural heritage matters and research, the government should contact the closest relatives, the cultural leaders and elders to strike a balance and allow research to be undertaken for the benefit of the larger society. [...]
[...] The government should evaluate the experiment to see whether the researchers are helping or harming the people involved in the research. Cultural interpretation of the society beliefs into law should be conducted because experimental and cultural powers and study methods do not match. For example, the determination of who is mentally sound. There should be a clear line of where culture stops and where the law over. What the Ontario Cemeteries Act deemed as very old bones was culturally still possessing a soul and was, therefore, not disposable. [...]
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