A DNA Dilemma

TitleA DNA Dilemma
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2002
PublisherNational Academy of Engineering, Online Ethics Center
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsGENETICS , Human , Human Research Subjects , Informed , Informed Consent , Institutional , institutional review boards , Privacy , Privacy and Surveillance , SCIENCE
AbstractWhen Mark, a graduate student working on an IRB-approved study looking at the genetics of breast cancer sees another student working with the blood samples of this study as part of a completely different project, he is not sure if the consent form that the donors in his study signed covers this new use. What should he do? This case discusses issues of responsibilities, human subject research ethics and regulations, and responsibility of institutions.
NotesUsed with permission of Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Case drawn from Research Ethics: Cases and Commentaries, Vol.6, 2002.
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