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Lenk, Christian; Hoppe, Nils; Beier, Katharina; Wiesemann, Claudia
Human Tissue Research -
A Discussion of the Ethical and Legal Challenges from a European Perspective
Oxford (Oxford University Press) 2011.

ISBN: 978-0-19-958755-1

  • Explores the use, storage, procurement, and transfer of human tissue
  • Considers the current European laws and guidelines, and their fitmess for purpose
  • A multi-authored interdisciplinary text, edited by four experienced researchers
  • Aims to provide answers to the most urgent questions by means of ethical, philosophical, and legal investigation
  • Will appeal to a worldwide audience in the areas of ethics, law and medical research

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 states of the European Union calls all the more for clarification. This multi-authored interdisciplinary text, edited by four experienced researchers, explores many of the issues concerning biobank-related research and aims to provide answers to the most urgent questions by means of ethical, philosophical, and legal investigation. It provides a fascinating insight into a wide range of interlinking research perspectives and serves as a comprehensive reference to the state of play ethically and legally in Europe. It will be of value to medics and social scientists, human tissue researchers, and policy makers who have an interest in ethical and legal issues of human tissue research.

Readership: Medics and social scientists, human tissue researchers, and policy makers.