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Years before Heading Offshore, Herpes Researcher Experimented on People in U.S. – Scientific American (Marisa Taylor | November 2017)

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Years before Heading Offshore, Herpes Researcher Experimented on People in U.S. – Scientific American (Marisa Taylor | November 2017)

 


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Shots were administered in Illinois hotel rooms

Any account of clinical research that refers to agents being administered in a hotel room is unlikely to end on a positive note.

Three years before launching an offshore herpes vaccine trial, an American researcher vaccinated patients in U.S. hotel rooms in brazen violation of U.S. law, a Kaiser Health News investigation has found.

Southern Illinois University associate professor William Halford administered the shots himself at a Holiday Inn Express and a Crowne Plaza Hotel that were a 15-minute drive from the researcher’s SIU lab. Halford injected at least eight herpes patients on four separate occasions in the summer and fall of 2013 with a virus that he created, according to emails from seven participants and interviews with one participant.

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