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6 Fall Ill in France After Participating in Clinical Trial

A logo of the Biotrial laboratory is displayed on its building in Rennes, western France, Jan. 15, 2016.

Officials say six volunteers have fallen ill after participating in a clinical trial in the French city of Rennes and one of them is brain-dead.

The French Health Ministry said on Friday that the six were hospitalized after taking a medication that was in the first phase of testing to study safe usage, tolerance and other measures on healthy volunteers.

The ministry statement did not name the medication being tested or the laboratory, saying only that it was a private operation that specializes in clinical tests.

Health Minister Marisol Tourain went to Rennes in western France on Friday after ordering an investigation into the organization and the means and conditions under which it conducts its clinical tests.