Thursday, May 10, 2007

The conspiracy theorists may be close to the truth

James Randerson is right to argue
for the importance of experimentation
and the gathering of empirical data
in order to take forward scientific
discovery (Don't punish the scientists,
April 25). But, as the researcher
who dug out the National Archives
papers - dating from the early 50s
to mid 60s - on the scientific experiments
on human "volunteers", on which
your sister paper the Observer based
its story on April 22, I am not as
sanguine as Randerson in believing
these experiments were purely conducted
for the benign purpose of future
protection of the health of the workforce
handling radioactive materials.

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