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DNA-Banken, informierte Einwilligung und Treuhandschaft

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Translated title of the contributionDNA banking, informed consent and trusteeship
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>06/2002
<mark>Journal</mark>Ethik in der Medizin
Issue number2
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)84-95
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>German


The frequency and scope of human genetic banking has increased significantly in recent years and is set to expand still further. Two of the major growth areas in medical research, pharmacogenomics and population genetics, rely on large DNA banks to provide extensive, centralised and standardised genetic information as well as clinical and personal data. This development raises ethical concerns.
Our article focuses on the appropriateness of informed consent as a means to safeguard both research subjects’ rights and their good will. It will be argued that information requirements are extensive, with regard to non-therapeutic research, feedback, type of consent and possible breaches of confidentiality as well as possible implications for third parties. Given the demand of these requirements and the danger that research facilitated by these huge DNA banks may not reflect public priorities, it is argued that the research needs be steered by trustees to ensure that the altruistic act of sample donation contributes to the public good.