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Genetic Research and Biobanks


Chalmers, D, Genetic Research and Biobanks, Methods in Biobanking, Springer, J Dillner (ed), New York, pp. 1-37. ISBN 978-1-58829-995-6 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-1-59745-423-0_1


Human biobanks, and genetic research databases, as referred to by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), are essential tools for modern biomedical research. Biobanks may consist in collections created in clinical diagnosis (such as pathology tissue samples in hospitals) or collections created for large-scale longitudinal research (such as the UK Biobank). Human tissue collections are regulated by a patchwork of national laws. However, there is an increasing international uniformity in national privacy laws based on 1980s OECD standards. There are similar uniform standards developing in national research ethics guidelines. As biobanks develop collaborations and linkages, international harmonisation of legislation and human research regulation will be required across jurisdictions. It is essential that international public trust is maintained in biobanking research.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Public law
Research Field:Public law not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Chalmers, D (Professor Don Chalmers)
ID Code:67672
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2011-03-07
Last Modified:2017-11-21

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