Student paper: Regents play innocent in student suicide

The Minnesota Daily chastises the University of Minnesota Board of Regents for dismissing eight bioethicists’s call for an independent investigation into the suicide of Dan Markingson, a U student who participated in a U of M psychiatric research study:

The University seems to think that because it was not held liable in court for Markingson’s death, it did nothing wrong. This is false; it is a cynical excuse to keep corporate drug money flowing into the University.

The regents’ decision fundamentally undermines our mission: Supposedly, the University is “dedicated to … the search for truth.” But the letter makes it clear that corporate research cash is more important to the University than patient safety and transparency.