Running Out of Time Themes

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Ethics of Science

At the beginning of the novel, the reader has a sense that something is going wrong with Clifton. When Ma reveals that modern medicine is available, but is no longer being supplied in Clifton, Jessie, Ma, and the reader know that something is wrong. Finally as the novel unravels, the reader learns that the sole reason Clifton has been created is to do research on people. Frank Lyle and his cohorts wished to create a super human race. They lied to the families wishing to move into Clifton. They offered them a way of life and the only consequence should have been the tourists. In actuality, the tourists were a cover up for the real Clifton. Today, in order to be a part of medical trials or studies, people must sign waivers and are kept fully abreast of what is being done with them. They must...

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