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The research community was shocked in September to learn that American scientists in the 1940s had conducted Tuskegee-like experiments in Guatemala. Whereas the Tuskegee victims were denied the standard-of-care treatment for syphilis at the time so the researchers could watch the disease progress, the scientists in Guatemala went further and deliberately infected the research participants with syphilis, gonorrhea, or chancroid.

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Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

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