28 September 2011
Vol 3, Issue 102

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ONLINE COVER Fishing for Information. In the illustration entitled Men Fishing by Kevin Hauff, the two contrary sportsmen don’t appear to be sharing many fish stories. And from the looks of things, only the gent in the yellow slicker will have a truly successful tale to tell. Similarly, industry sponsors often fail to communicate findings from human subjects research that are negative or inconclusive. In this week’s Commentary, Rogawski and Federoff assert that sponsors of clinical trials have an ethical responsibility, to study participants, to report their findings even when the results are negative, so that medical science and society can benefit from the burden undertaken by human subjects. Further, the authors argue that this moral obligation supersedes business considerations. [CREDIT: KEVIN HAUFF]