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Letters Biobanking

Opt-out from biobanks better respects patients’ autonomy

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 10 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1580
  1. Linus Johnsson, student1,
  2. Mats G Hansson, professor1,
  3. Stefan Eriksson, senior researcher1,
  4. Gert Helgesson, senior researcher2
  1. 1Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics, Uppsala University, Uppsala Science Park, SE-751 85 Uppsala, Sweden
  2. 2Unit for Bioethics, LIME, Karolinska Institutet, Berzelius väg 3, SE-171 77 Stockholm
  1. linus.johnsson{at}

    We found that dissent to storage and use of samples by Swedish healthcare biobanks is rare and does not pose a threat to research, concluding that the results give prima facie reason to consider a move to an opt-out system.1

    Laurie presented two controversies as evidence that …

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