Human Experimentation: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Human Experimentation: The Good, The Badand The Ugly.
Yuri Gagarin: The Ultimate Guinea Pig
and International Hero. Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was a Russian-Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.

Alexandra Bruce
August 22, 2014

In the early days of the space race, agency researchers in Russia and at NASA really weren't sure all what would happen to an astronaut in space. They didn't know if a human mind could handle actually seeing Earth or what would happen to the human body when exposed to long periods of weightlessness.

Would their blood forget which way to pump? Would their eyeballs shift or their inner ears wig out? They sent up mice and monkeys and dogs, to see what happened, and in 1961, the Russians strapped a man to a rocket headed for orbit. Yuri Gagarin was the first person in space. The ultimate human guinea pig, he survived, becoming an international hero.

In 2008, the US Department of Health and Human Services estimated that 65% of clinical trials of Federally-Regulated Drugs were done in foreign countries.

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