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- DescriptionBiobanks are proliferating rapidly worldwide because they are powerful tools and organisational structures for undertaking medical research. By linking samples to data on the health of individuals, it is anticipated that biobanks will be used to explore the relationship between genes, environment and lifestyle for many diseases, as well as the potential of individually-tailored drug treatments based on genetic predisposition. However, they also raise considerable challenges for existing legal frameworks and research governance structures. This book critically examines the current governance structures in place for biobanks in England and Wales. It shows that the techlogies, techniques and practices involved in biobanking do t always conform neatly to existing legal principles and frameworks that apply to other areas of medical research. Using a socio-legal approach, including interview data gathered from the scientific community, this book provides unique insights and makes recommendations about appropriate governance mechanisms for biobanking in the future. It also explores the issues around the secondary use of information, such as consent and how to protect privacy, when biobanks are accessed by a number of different third parties. These issues have relevance both within England and Wales and to a wide international audience, as well as for other areas where large datasets are used.
- Author BiographyJane Kaye is Director of the Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies, University of Oxford. Susan MC Gibbons is Senior Research Associate in Law, Ethox Centre, University of Oxford. Catherine Heeney is a JAE.Doc within the Instituto de Filosofia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid and a Research Associate of Ethox Centre, University of Oxford. Michael Parker is Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Ethox Centre, University of Oxford. Andrew Smart is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Bath Spa University.
- Author(s)Andrew Smart,Catherine Heeney,Jane Kaye,Michael Parker,Susan M. C. Gibbons
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication03/02/2012
- SubjectNational Law: Professional
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- First Published2009
- ImprintHart Publishing
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight613 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine17 mm
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