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The Indian government has ordered an immediate review of the ethics and safety of all human drugs trials in the country.

The move follows the disclosure earlier this year that researchers from John Hopkins University in Baltimore had conducted human trials of a drug that had not been properly approved in either India or the United States.

The health ministry said that action will be taken against any researchers and institutions that contravene national guidelines on biomedical research.

Reference: Nature 414, 835 (2001)

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