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Three AIDS researchers at the National Institutes of Health have denied charges by NIH that they sidestepped the agency's ethics regulations by colaborating with a French scientist whose studies did not follow NIH guidelines on the use of human subjects. The studies, conducted in the mid-1980s by Daniel Zagury, involved AIDS vaccine trials in France and Zaire (SN: 7/20/91, p.37).

In separate letters sent to NIH Director Bernadine Healy during the first week of July, Takis Papas of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Bernard Moss of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said they had provided vaccine materials to Zagury only for animal experiments.

The third scientist, Robert C. Gallo of NCI, told SCIENCE NEWS that his involvement with Zagury was "conceptual" and that he had been unaware of Zagury's plans to conduct human tests using materials prepared with Gallo's consultation.

All three federal researchers were criticized in a preliminary report released last week by the NIH office that oversees the safety of agency research. The report notes that NIH regulations on human trials extend to collaborations with foreign researchers, and it recommends that NIH set up an Office of Human Subjects Research to prevent further infractions.
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Title Annotation:AIDS researchers Takis Papas, Bernard Moss, and Robert C. Gallo deny violating ethical regulations by working with French scientist Daniel Zagury, who did not follow National Institutes of Health guidelines on the use of human subjects
Publication:Science News
Date:Jul 27, 1991
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