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French doctors puzzle over gene ownership

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6933.873a (Published 02 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:873
  1. A Dorozynski

    French doctors are facing an ethical dilemma over the question of who owns the genes in a special gene bank dedicated to research into diabetes. The genes were collected by the non-profit making Centre d'Etudes due Polymorphisme Humain (CEPH) for the study of genes related to diseases. The centre, which was founded by the Nobel prize winning physician Jean Dausset, launched a special appeal four years ago for diabetic patients and their relatives to donate blood to it. About 5500 people responded, and it is those samples, which now form a gene bank, that are the source of …

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