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Havasupai Case Raises Key Research Issues;
Tiered Approach Said Best Tool for Consent

July 21, 2010, 4:00 AM

Using a tiered approach to obtaining informed consent for the future use of biological specimens strikes the best balance between patients’ rights and opportunities to advance science, authors said in a perspective piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Michelle M. Mello, director of the Harvard School of Public Health’s Program in Law and Public Health and chair of the school’s institutional review board, and Leslie E. Wolf, an associate law professor at Georgia State University who focuses on research ethics, drew lessons from the Havasupai Indian tribe case. Settled in April, Arizona State University agreed to...

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