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There are actually five phases to clinical trials, not four, but phase zero isn't an official stage in trials and not required before clinical testing phase I can begin. It's an interesting stage nonetheless. Phase zero trials are pharmacological studies designed to find out some very basic information about how a drug and human body respond to each other -- for instance, does the drug reach the desired target (such as an organ or tumor)? That's good information to have before beginning years of clinical studies. In this stage, researchers use microdoses of experimental drugs in very small numbers of human volunteers (only 10 to 15 people at most) instead of relying on animal studies. The doses are so small the risk involved here is lower for participants than those in phase I studies.

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