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So You Want to Be a Human Lab Rat?
"Are you willing to donate your body to science--while you are still alive? Do you get a thrill out of having your body fluids analyzed? If so, you may have what it takes to be a human lab rat. Take this quiz and find out."
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You would be correct in assuming that universities need humans to perform experiments on. What other type of organization needs human lab rats?
The US Army
Worldwide service organizations like the Red Cross
Before you are allowed to volunteer to be a human lab rat, what kind of document will you be asked to sign?
Next of kin notification form
You would be surprised how many human lab rats are needed annually. Approximately how many human subjects are needed each year in the United States?
Being a human lab rat is not all cookies and genetically-enhanced cream. It can be dangerous. In 2006 a hospital in London engaged eight volunteers to test a new drug designed to fight rheumatoid arthritis and leukemia. Six of the subjects had violently negative reactions. A couple developed long-term problems. Which of the following is NOT a side effect suffered by a volunteer in this test?
Loss of fingers
Loss of consciousness
Any American university or college that wishes to use human lab rats needs to have its research overseen and approved by an Institutional Review Board, or IRB. The IRB is a local board. There is no set number of board members required. However at least one member of the board must have a scientific background and one member must have a non-scientific background. Which of the following would qualify to be a non-scientific board member?
Clergyman or clergywoman
All of these
The Belmont Report outlined three basic ethical principals academic institutions must follow when using human lab rats. When reviewing a request to conduct experiments on humans, the IRB will want evidence that these principles will be followed. Which of the following is one of the principles?
Reasons why the testing needs to be done on humans instead of animals
Fair and equitable selection of subjects
Proof that the proposed sample size will be large enough for valid results
Bonus pay for extra pain
If you want to make the most money per hour as a human lab rat, for which of the following should you volunteer?
In what type of experiment or study could you find yourself being a lab rat?
Learning how to avoid a shock
Rating classical music composed by computers
Stress reduction study
All of these
One type of medical experiment involving pharmaceuticals is called "double blind placebo trial." What is a double blind trial?
One group receives the drug in a pill, another group receives the drug as a shot
The subject is blindfolded before given either the drug or the placebo
Neither the researcher nor the subject knows who received the real drug
The subject is handed both the drug and the placebo, but the researcher is not allowed to see which he or she took
What Department of the US government is concerned with protecting the rights and welfare of human lab rats?
Department of Education
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Justice
Department of the Interior Organs
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Compiled Jun 28 12