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Human Tissue Bill could jeopardise research, scientists warn

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1034
  1. Stephen Pincock
  1. London

    The British government is ignoring concerns of the scientific community about the potentially harmful effects of a draft law governing the retention of human tissue, the Royal Society said this week.

    The Human Tissue Bill, which is currently under consideration in parliament, aims to set out ethical guidelines for medical researchers using human tissues. It was developed in response to events at Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital and Bristol Royal Infirmary, where organs from deceased children were kept for research without parental consent.

    The Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, and other groups have …

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