Seen At 11: Thousands Acting As ‘Human Guinea Pigs’ In The Name Of Science

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Would you donate your body to science while still alive? Hundreds of thousands of people participate in clinical trials every year, some of them to make money, others to find cures.

“New drugs often get tested for first human safety purposes — not to see if they cure anybody, just to see if there are any side effects. Companies hire people to do that,” bioethicist Dr. Arthur Caplan tells CBS2.

Companies hire people like Steven Turner, who has earned nearly $7,000 acting as a human guinea pig.

“A friend of a friend told me it was a quick way to pick up some cash,” Turner said.

Testers can make anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars depending on the trial.

But to ensure results aren’t undermined, the rules are strict. Some trials are “live-in” and participants’ interaction with the outside world is…

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