Ethical issues in the collection, storage, and research use of human biological materials

- J Lab Clin Med
Author/s: -Meslin, E. M. -Quaid, K. A.
Journal: J Lab Clin Med
Year: 2004
Volume: 144
Issue: 5
Pages: 229-34; discussion 226

Human biological materials (HBMs) are samples of blood, DNA, organs and tissues commonly obtained during routine surgical procedures or through direct donation by an individual. This article reviews four of the most pressing issues arising from the collection, storage, and use of HBMs in research: current regulations governing research with human subjects, misuse of genetic information, economic factors, and public knowledge.