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Nat Rev Genet. 2002 Feb;3(2):145-8.

Ownership of human tissue and the law.

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  • University of Melbourne, Parkville 3010, Australia. l.skene@unimelb.edu.au


Genetic researchers and medical practitioners often need to obtain access to stored human tissue without consent from the people concerned. But the laws that relate to the ownership of, and control over, stored human tissue are at present unclear, especially in the light of recent cases and inquiries. Here, I discuss how the law might be clarified, and argue that the law should allow stored human tissue to be used without consent, providing that this occurs with ethical approval and that the confidentiality of the donor is protected.

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