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“Snake-oil,” “quack medicine,” and “industrially cultured organisms:” biovalue and the commercialization of human microbiome research

  • Melody J Slashinski1Email author,
  • Sheryl A McCurdy2,
  • Laura S Achenbaum1,
  • Simon N Whitney3 and
  • Amy L McGuire1
BMC Medical Ethics201213:28

DOI: 10.1186/1472-6939-13-28

Received: 2 May 2012

Accepted: 15 October 2012

Published: 30 October 2012

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2 May 2012 Submitted Original manuscript
Resubmission - Version 2
Submitted Manuscript version 2
11 Sep 2012 Reviewed Reviewer Report - DANIEL VALLERO
25 Sep 2012 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Joyce Ikingura
11 Oct 2012 Author responded Author comments - Melody Slashinski
Resubmission - Version 3
11 Oct 2012 Submitted Manuscript version 3
15 Oct 2012 Editorially accepted
30 Oct 2012 Article published 10.1186/1472-6939-13-28

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Authors’ Affiliations

Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza
University of Texas School of Public Health, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Department of Family and Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine