The Havasupai Indian Tribe Case - Lessons for Research Involving Stored Biologic Samples
Michelle M. Mello
Harvard University - Department of Health Policy & Management
Leslie E. Wolf
Georgia State University College of Law
June 10, 2010
New England Journal of Medicine, Forthcoming
Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-12
In April 2010, Arizona State University agreed to pay $700,000 to 41 members of the Havasupai Indian tribe to settle claims that university researchers improperly used tribe members' blood samples in genetic research. The case illuminates the unresolved controversy over what constitutes adequate informed consent for biospecimens collected for research purposes to be stored and used in future, possibly unrelated studies. This article discusses the ethical issues arising in this area and proposes strategies for addressing them.
Keywords: Genetic, Research, Informed Consent, Human Subjects
JEL Classification: I18Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 17, 2010 ; Last revised: August 29, 2010
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