Artificial Blood Experiment Hits 27 U.S. Cities

By Brian Ross And Joseph Rhee

Jul 7, 2006 10:10am

In 27 cities across the United States, seriously injured accident victims could end up in a medical experiment, without their knowledge or consent. The experiment involves an artificial blood called Polyheme. The federal government has given the company that makes it approval to use badly bleeding accident victims as test subjects, without the subjects informed consent. The only way out is to wear a blue bracelet provided by the company. The company says it’s the only way to test such a product. But others, including Pastor Paul Burleson of a Denver church alliance, say it turns Americans into human guinea pigs. "If I’m in accident and I just don’t happen to have this particular wristband, that I’d be a guinea pig is unconscionable," he said. Check to see if your city is among those participating in the Polyheme experiment.

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