Human Biological Materials in Research: Ethical Issues and the Role of Stewardship in Minimizing Research Risks

- Advances in Nursing Science
Author/s: -Jeffers, Brenda Recchia
Journal: Advances in Nursing Science
Year: 2001
Volume: 24
Issue: 2
Pages: 32-46
Start Page: 32

Recent scientific and technologic advances generated from the human genome project have increased the ability of researchers to study human biological materials. This has enhanced the ease with which highly personal information such as genetic makeup can be revealed about individuals, families, and communities. In addition, a change in the societal value of human biological tissue from waste to commercial resource has occurred. A new model of stewardship is developed that can be used as a guide for protecting human research participants who are involved in studies that include collecting and handling human biological samples. Nursing implications to ensure protection of human research participants are discussed.