Saturday, November 29, 2008

Privacy rights in blood?

AP notes: The Havasupai tribe of nothern Arizona, whose isolated village lies deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon, claims Arizona State University and University of Arizona researchers misused blood samples taken from more than 200 tribal members for diabetes research in the 1990s by also using it for research into schizophrenia, inbreeding and ancient population migration.

Can public entities take blood samples for one reason, and use it for another? If, as Madey v. Duke University suggests, getting grants is the "business" of universities, could this amount to fraud? The matter currently is in state court.


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