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Deliberating about race as a variable in biomedical research

Anton A van Niekerk


Race as a variable in research ethics is investigated: to what extent is it morally appropriate to regard the race of research subjects as pivotal for research outcomes? The challenges it poses to deliberation in research ethics committees are considered, and it is concluded that race sometimes must be considered, subject to clearly stated qualifications.

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Anton A van Niekerk, University of Stellenbosch

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Race; Deliberation; Rationality; Democratic; Research Ethics Committees

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South African Medical Journal 2011;101(4):248-250.

Article History

Date submitted: 2010-12-08
Date published: 2011-04-04

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