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Human Enhancement and Experimental Research in the Military

16 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2012  

Efthimios Parasidis

Ohio State University

Date Written: July 5, 2012


For over a century the U.S. military has conducted and sponsored cutting-edge medical and technological research. While such projects have often resulted in transformative innovations, in a number of instances, researchers have deliberately violated legal requirements and/or ethical norms governing research with human subjects. This article explores these matters by discussing the history of misfeasance in military research and examining contemporary military endeavors that aim to exploit biomedical advancements.

Keywords: Human subjects research, national security, military medicine, medical ethics, human enhancement

JEL Classification: I18

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Parasidis, Efthimios, Human Enhancement and Experimental Research in the Military (July 5, 2012). Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 44, No. 4, 2012. Available at SSRN:

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