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Review of 'Ethical Issues of Human Genetic Databases: A Challenge to Classical Health Research Ethics'

Papaioannou, T

International Journal of Law in Context   8 (1) 181-185

March 2012   (Published online February 2012)

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8488679

Ethical Issues of Human Genetic Databases: A Challenge to Classical Health Research Ethics? By Bernice Elger, Farnham: Ashgate, 2010. 332 pp. ISBN 978­0­7546­7492­4 £70.00 hardback.

This interesting book explores ethical issues of human genetic databases, otherwise known as biobanks, across Europe and North America. Its author, Bernice Elger, provides a detailed account of existing guidelines of health data collection and biomedical research. Most issues of controversy concern consent, confidentiality, access to genetic databanks, feedback to participants and benefit sharing. Therefore, in order to deal with these issues, the book is divided into five chapters.