Human Tissue Bill is modified because of research needsBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7455.1518-a (Published 24 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1518
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
The UK government has caved in to the demands of biomedical researchers and watered down controversial measures in its Human Tissue Bill that would have required the consent of patients for the storage and use for research of any human tissue or bodily fluids taken from living persons.
Scientists had warned that the requirements of the bill, introduced in response to an outcry over the widespread retention of children's organs without parents' consent, could prevent potentially life saving research.
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