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Professional ‘Guinea Pigs’ Can Make A Living Testing Drugs
National Public Radio

There are lots of ways to make a buck, but becoming a human guinea pig for drug research has to be one of the oddest.

“We are selling our bodies, most definitely,” says Paul Clough, who has taken part in more than 80 drug tests in the past 11 years. “Well, renting,” might be more accurate, he concedes. Clough, who’s 37, also runs a website that helps people find trials to sign up for.

Some are like the one he’s doing right now, which stretches over three months and involves multiple stints living in a clinic with other volunteers, eating cafeteria food and showing up on time to get his vitals checked or to pop another pill.

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