Laboratory specimens and genetic privacy: evolution of legal theory

J Law Med Ethics. 2013 Mar;41 Suppl 1:65-8. doi: 10.1111/jlme.12042.


Although laboratory specimens are an important resource for biomedical research, controversy has arisen when research has been conducted without the knowledge or consent of the individuals who were the source of the specimens. This paper summarizes the most important litigation regarding the research use of laboratory specimens and traces the evolution of legal theory from property claims to claims related to genetic privacy interests.

MeSH terms

  • Cell Line
  • Genetic Privacy / ethics
  • Genetic Privacy / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Genetic Research / ethics
  • Genetic Research / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent / ethics
  • Informed Consent / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Ownership / ethics
  • Ownership / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Tissue Banks
  • Tissue Donors / ethics
  • Tissue Donors / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • United States