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Scientists Needn’t Get A Patient’s Consent To Study Blood Or DNA

The Obama administration has dropped a controversial proposal that would have required all federally funded scientists to get permission from patients before using their cells, blood, tissue or DNA for research. says Debra Mathews, a bioethicist at Johns Hopkins, expressed concern “We know that trust is a critical factor in folks participating in research, and we’ve seen in recent years the impact of when that trust is breached…”

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