STOP Duke University's unethical experiments on intellectually disabled people!!

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Duke University has recently approved a set of lab experiments to be undertaken on autistic and intellectually disabled people who are recruited through parents and do not have autonomy for informed consent. There is NO scientific validity for the experiments and the risks include severe illness and death. This unethical project violates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Under the proposed “hCT-MSC Infusion in Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder” project, study victims would be injected with matter from babies’ umbilical tissue (cord blood) as an experiment to see if it changes their personalities in some way. Some would be sedated under duress. These kind of experiments are painful and can be life-threatening, with side effects that include fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, hair loss and severe allergic reaction.

According to experts, the study has NO scientific merit. The US FDA states: “Cord blood is approved only for use in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation procedures in patients with disorders affecting the blood forming system, such as leukemias and lymphomas… Consumers may think that stem cells can cure any disease, but science doesn’t show this to be the case.”

We demand this project be stopped immediately. We also call for full accountability by Duke University, including the IMMEDIATE RESIGNATION of the ethics reviewers who approved the Kurtzberg project (Clinical Trials identifying number NCT04484077).

Ethics standards apply to ALL human subjects in clinical trials. Disability Rights are Human Rights!!