Expanding the Ethical Analysis of Biobanks
13 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2009 Last revised: 11 Feb 2014
Date Written: March 1, 2005
Biobanks are repositories of human biological materials collected for biomedical research. There are over 300 million stored specimens in the United States, and the number grows by 20 million per year.1 In the post-genome world of high throughput gene sequencing and computational biology, biobanks hold the promise of facilitating large-scale research studies. New roganizational and operational models of research repositories also raise complex issues of big science, big business, and big ethical concerns.
Keywords: Biobanks, genetics, genomics research, ethics, Informed consent, common rule, HIPAA authorizations, medical recordcs, privach
JEL Classification: K31, K32
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