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Guinea-Pigging: It’s Not A Real Word, But It’s A Real-World Phenomenon

Watch to see the story of “The Life of a Professional Guinea Pig” courtesy of TIME.

Spencer, or as I would describe him a walking human pin cushion (shown below), tells his story of being a healthy volunteer for Phase I research. The rest of the 10-minute film goes on to explain about the dark under-belly of professional research participation for healthy subjects.

Most enlightening statement in the film: “guinea-pigging really isn’t a profession.” Well, to be clear “guinea-pigging” really isn’t even a word. But it clearly is a well established part of the research establishment, as many of us know and this video clearly demonstrates.

Summer Johnson, PhD

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