For the cash strapped amongst us, it’s something you’ve almost certainly considered at one point – especially if you’re looking down at the last bit of money you have in your overdraft…
Taking part in medical research is increasingly popular – especially with students – but this latest offer might not tempt many volunteers on the face of it. For £750 you would be injected with Ebola.
Hammersmith Medical Research is holding clinical trials to try and discover a vaccine to prevent more people dying in West Africa. Previous trials were held by Oxford University in September, where patients were injected with a single protein from the Ebola virus to trigger an immune response and this latest trial in London – beginning in November – will be in a similar vain.
Hammersmith Medicines Research are now looking for healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 65 and in an advert in the Evening Standard the organisers stated: “Interested in helping medical research into a vaccine for Ebola and being paid for your help?”
The study involves up to 12 outpatients visits over the course a year and researchers are hopeful that this new research will help prevent people becoming infected with the disease in the future.The Ebola virus is among the most lethal diseases known to man and since February 2014, almost 28,000 people across Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia have been infected- 11,000 died.
Before you panic, the leaders of the research would like to reassure those interested in taking part in the trial there is no risk of catching Ebola.
Phew, thank fuck for that.