I think that researchers, like the ones we talked about in class, thought they were doing “good” in some way but actually ended up doing harm to their study participants because they were only focused and set on seeing results, no matter how they got them, even if that means putting study participants in harm’s way. They forgot that the subjects were actual humans beings.
I don’t think there are that many more steps that I, personally, need to take as I move forward in my career, no matter what research I do. Unfortunately, this is because people in the past have made it required for researchers now to protect their subjects (even though researches should always protect their study participants) with the establishments of the Nuremberg Code and the IRB.
Topics like these should always be discussed, no matter if your research involves humans or not. Conducting research and being on the edge of knowledge will always have its risk and it is important to learn from our past mistakes in order for them to not be repeated again in the future.