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Indian scientists object to export of human biological material for research

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7371.990/b (Published 02 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:990
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    A British and German genetic study that analysed material from people in India's southern state of Kerala has renewed a debate on the need to regulate the flow of human biological material from India.

    Indian scientists are accusing the foreign researchers of violating national guidelines. They say the case also highlights the government's inability to enforce the guidelines introduced in the late 1990s that permit export of biological material for research only with approval from the health ministry.

    The study, by molecular biologists at the University of Cambridge and three German universities, had analysed …

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