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  • Do-it-yourself COVID-19 vaccines fraught with public health problems

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    “Citizen scientists” developing homemade COVID-19 vaccines may believe they’re inoculating themselves against the ongoing pandemic, but the practice of self-experimentation with do-it-yourself medical innovations is fraught with legal, ethical and public health issues, says a new paper co-written by University of Illinois law professor Jacob S. Sherkow.

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  • Editor’s notes: To contact Jacob S. Sherkow, call 217-300-3936; email

    The paper “Self-experimentation, ethics and regulation of vaccines” is available online.

    DOI: 10.1126/science.abe1963