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College professor uncovers America's 'abhorrent' STD experiments in Guatemala

The US apologized today for a series of medical experiments about sexually transmitted diseases it carried out in Guatemala in the 1940s. A Wellesley College professor discovered the project.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a joint statement Friday condemning STD experiments that the US conducted in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948. Secretary Clinton is pictured here at a conference on the Vietnam War Wednesday in Washington.

J. Scott Applewhite/AP

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Senior US officials responded swiftly and contritely Friday to revelations of a secret 1940s medical research project in which US scientists infected hundreds of Guatemalans with syphilis.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a joint statement Friday condemning the “appalling violations” of medical ethics and human decency that occurred as a result of the research.

The two cabinet officials in the Obama administration apologized on behalf of the US to the individuals affected by the “abhorrent” practices revealed in the uncovered project. At the White House, press secretary Robert Gibbs said President Obama was informed of the research and planned to call Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom to offer official apologies.

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