Stored tissue may be important for the future care of families

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7293.1060 (Published 28 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1060
  1. Neva Haites, professor in medical genetics (n.haites@abdn.ac.uk),
  2. Z Miedzybrodzka, senior lecturer in clinical genetics,
  3. John Dean, consultant clinical geneticist
  1. Department of Medical Genetics, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB9 2ZD

    EDITOR—Obtaining informed consent for storing tissue is problematic. Which normal clinical practices need written consent and what material constitutes tissue? In how much detail should a practitioner obtain consent for a blood sample taken for a full blood count or for biochemical analysis, and what information can or should be given about the ultimate fate of samples such as tumours removed at surgery?

    These are not trivial questions: their answers lie at the heart of good clinical practice. …

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