Ethical publication of research on genetics and genomics of biological material: guidelines and recommendations

Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2020 Sep:48:102299. doi: 10.1016/j.fsigen.2020.102299. Epub 2020 May 12.


Forensic Science International: Genetics and Forensic Science International: Reports communicate research on a variety of biological materials using genetics and genomic methods. Numerous guidelines have been produced to secure standardization and quality of results of scientific investigations. Yet, no specific guidelines have been produced for the ethical acquisition of such data. These guidelines summarize universally adopted principles for conducting ethical research on biological materials, and provide details of the general procedures for conducting ethical research on materials of human, animal, plant and environmental origin. Finally, the minimal ethics requirements for submission of research material are presented.

Keywords: Forensics; Genetics; Genomics; Research ethics.

MeSH terms

  • Animal Experimentation / ethics
  • Animal Experimentation / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Animals
  • Biological Specimen Banks / ethics
  • Biological Specimen Banks / legislation & jurisprudence
  • DNA, Environmental
  • Ethics, Research*
  • Genetics*
  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Humans
  • Periodicals as Topic*
  • Publishing / ethics*


  • DNA, Environmental