I don't know if anyone here is familiar with the Tuskegee Syphilis Study that the United States Public Health Service and the CDC worked on back in the day. But the TL;DR is that researchers wanted to study the effects of syphilis and enrolled some 600 African-Americans under the false pretense of being given free health care. For the next 40 years (long after a cure for syphilis was discovered) our government experimented on, denied medication to and documented the slow painful deaths of all of these unfortunate black people who trusted the government and were even grateful for their "help". In fact participants didn't even know they had syphilis and were only told they had "bad blood".
The crazy thing is, this wasn't in some far off land in a time long long ago. This study took place in Alabama and only ended in 1972 after a whistleblower leaked everything to the press. And if it hadn't been for the immediate public backlash it likely would have continued well beyond that as there were no immediate plans at that time to end the study.
So why do I bring this up? It's interesting to think that less than 50 years ago the PHS and CDC were willing to lie to and experiment on American citizens to advance their understanding of medicine. And one has to wonder... If people working for either organization back then are still involved with either organization today or at the very least mentored the people working in these organizations today. Makes you think eh?
It's probably means nothing to be fair, all sorts of oversight committees and procedures have been put into place to prevent this kind of outrageous study from ever happening again. But two things are quite fascinating in light of this piece of history:
How quick we are to trust the government once again when over 40 million people alive today would have been adults as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study was happening and coming to light.
And secondly, it's interesting that the experimental gene therapy being dolled out to American Citizens today is being done under the guise of being a free health care service offered by the government. All without making it clear to many of the participants that the experimental gene therapy they are receiving has not been studied long term, is not fully certified yet and isn't even a vaccine in the traditional sense.
But nahhhh... The government wouldn't possibly...