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India concerned at export of genetic material

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 24 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:464
  1. Ganapati Mudur

    Indian geneticists have asked their government to regulate the flow of human genetic material, blood samples, and tissues flown out of India under joint research projects with foreign institutions. The geneticists are worried that biological samples from Indian patients are being siphoned out of the country for genetic studies without adequate guarantees that India will derive commercial benefits that might spring from such research.

    The Indian Society for Human Genetics is drafting guidelines instructing scientists to sign formal agreements before entering into research collaborations that involve the transfer of …

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