Would you consider being a human guinea pig?
Live near a hospital or university? Have you ever thought of signing up for an experiment or research study?
There are many good reasons to volunteer to participate in such experiments: the advancement of science, help with personal medical issues, the opportunity to help future generations and, it seems, the chance to pick up a bit of cash.
Often, research facilities will post studies where participants can earn anywhere from $25 to $250, more if the trial is ongoing. At the very least, sponsors will cover travel and parking and recruiters often pay for referrals, generally in the form of a gift card.
Being a human guinea pig is fairly safe, say recruiters, particularly in this country where regulations tend to be more stringent.
Personally, I'm not sold. After all, it's your health you're playing with. But there seems to be no shortage of seats to fill.
Would you sign up for such a trial? Or have you already done so? Was it worth the money? How did things work out?
By Gordon Powers, MSN Money