[ExI] Human Testing
atymes at gmail.com
Sat Mar 3 17:44:12 UTC 2012
On Sat, Mar 3, 2012 at 6:39 AM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
> For a double blind test to be done correctly, the placebo patients must be
> chosen randomly. There is no way for the researchers to give the real meds
> to those who have a ton of money for instance, for that could (and probably
> would) skew the results. They can't pick the smartest patients for real
> meds either. The doctors would not know which patients were being given the
> real meds.
I'm looking forward to the rise of disposable test organs, where you can
try out a drug on some thing that's exactly like a whatever-you're-treating,
without the mess (ethical and otherwise) of bringing in a whole person to
test it on.
Of course, there will be issues of accuracy of the test organ, especially
at first - just like there are with animal tests, as models for humans. But
those will likely be figured out over time. And you can more closely
inspect the progress of the drug with a test organ - mounted in a life
support system designed for observability - than you can inside an animal.
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