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  • Biobanking News: Should Biobanks be Used in Forensic Investigations?

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    In an international survey on genomics, it was found that less than half of the participants would share their DNA for research and medical purposes, citing trust as a major factor in their decision. But what if that decision wasn’t left up to the individual? What if they visited their doctor for a medical issue, only to have law enforcement seize their biological sample years later for an investigation?

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    That’s one question of many author Nina de Groot and colleagues address in their essay “Accessing medical biobanks to solve crimes: ethical considerations,” published in the Journal of Medical Ethics .

    The authors, a multidisciplinary team from the University of Amsterdam, explore the ethics of law enforcement access to biobanks through the lenses of confidentiality, trust, autonomy, and justice.

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