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Dan Markingson Suicide: Minnesota Bioethics Faculty Ask Regents For Outside Probe Of Study Subject's Death

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Eight professors from the Center of Bioethics sent a letter to the Board of Regents Monday requesting an investigation into the suicide of a former clinical trial patient by an outside "impartial panel of experts."

The case involves the death of Dan Markingson, a man who was committed to the psychiatric wing of Fairview Medical Center in 2003, entered into a clinical trial for an anti-psychotic drug and committed suicide a year later. The incident was largely exposed by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and, some believe, implicates University of Minnesota researchers in ethical lapses.

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