However, says Lewenstein, [Mills and his colleagues] are "writing from a perspective in which they are convinced that the trials should have proceeded".
Public engagement in science involves, he explains, "giving up a bit of the power to decide when a trial proceeds and when it does not."
In agreement with Mills and colleagues, he says "this means there is a much greater responsibility on the scientists to engage with the community in advance".
In Cameroon, the allegations of breaches of ethics prompted the government to set up an independent inquiry, which led to the interruption of the trial.
Reference: BMC International Health and Human Rights 5, 6 (2005)