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Human Tissue Research: A European perspective on the ethical and legal challenges

Christian Lenk, Nils Hoppe, Katharina Beier, and Claudia Wiesemann


The use of human tissue for medical research and scientific progress raises many ethical and legal challenges. The procurement, storage, and transfer of human tissue for research purposes have posed significant questions over recent years, and a number of high profile scandals in the UK prompted the publication of the Madden Report on Post Mortem Practice and Procedures in Irish hospitals in 2006. Additionally, tissue-related research tends to be most promising if samples and information are shared across national borders, but the heterogeneity of current rules and guidelines within the member ... More

Keywords: human tissue, medical research, scientific progress, ethical challenges, legal challenges, Madden Report, biobank, Europe

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199587551
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587551.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Lenk, editor
Privatdozent (Ethics & Theory of Medicine), Coordinator of the Tiss.EU Project, Department for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Göttingen, Germany

Nils Hoppe, editor
Senior Research Fellow in Health Law and Bioethics, Leibniz Universitaet, Hannover, Germany
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Katharina Beier, editor
Research Fellow and Project Officer for the Tiss.EU Project, Department for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Göttingen, Germany
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Part I Key concepts of the ethical debate

Chapter 2 Exploring an alternative to informed consent in biobank research1

Rieke van der Graaf and Johannes J. M. van Delden

Part II The legal regulation of human tissue research

Part III Practices—disciplinary perspectives

Chapter 14 Ethical recommendations for the use of human biological material stored in pathology archives for research purposes

Christoph Brochhausen, Nabila Ahmed, Nicolas Roßricker1, and C. James Kirkpatrick


Milena D. Bister

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