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2012-03-23 13:13:49

Karen J. Maschke, a research scholar at The Hastings Center, is coauthor of a consensus article that explicitly outlines "significant new responsibilities" for biobanks concerning the return of incidental findings and individual research results to people whose biospecimens were used in genetic and genomic studies. The consensus paper addresses the growing ethical debate over the responsibility of researchers and biobanks — repositories of human biospecimens, such as blood and tissue...

2012-03-21 14:57:53

Bioethicists at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics are co-authors on a consensus article placing "significant responsibility" on biobanks to report individual research results (IRRs) and incidental findings (IFs) to the contributors of genetic material. "The biobank should set the rules for the overall process of recognizing (and subsequently analyzing and returning) IFs and IRRs," the authors write in Genetics in Medicine. Biobanks should define and manage a system by...

2011-10-05 14:07:01

Analysis: Biobank research: Who benefits from individual consent? Having to obtain informed consent for the use of left-over human tissue samples could be hampering essential biobank research says a research group on bmj.com today. Joanna Stjernschantz Forsberg and colleagues at Uppsala University in Sweden, argue that the requirement for informed consent for biobank research is problematic for two main reasons. First, it consumes resources that could be directed towards more research...

2011-07-15 05:00:00

ARMONK, N.Y. and CAMDEN, N.J., July 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Coriell Institute for Medical Research, the largest biobank of living human cells, is using IBM technology to advance its research of human genetic disease and to more efficiently maintain its massive collection of biological resources. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click...

2011-06-29 18:12:52

Biobanks are repositories for tissue samples, usually in the form of blood or saliva or leftover tissue from surgical procedures. These samples are collected and used for future research, including genetic research. They may be linked to personal health information regarding the sample donor. People who are eligible to donate these samples and researchers who want to use them face important questions with respect to whether and how informed consent should be obtained for sample and health...

2011-05-05 13:02:54

Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in collaboration with researchers at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, have made a critical discovery that may lead scientists to abandon the use of broad conventional ethnic labels"”African-American, Hispanic, and Caucasian"”to estimate a patient's genetic risk for disease. This first-of-its kind study conducted with diverse patients receiving care at a single urban academic medical center, marks an important step...


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