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A Review of 3 Consent Management Problems in Biobanking

Posted on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 @ 02:57 PM

One of the most prominent examples of breakthroughs in biomedical research is also a cautionary tale for biobanking. Henrietta Lacks checked into Johns Hopkins in January of 1951 where she was diagnosed with epidermoid carcinoma of the cervix. She was treated using an early form of radiation therapy, which did not successfully kill the cervical cancer. Biopsies were taken for testing, and additional biopsies were taken of cancerous and normal cervical tissue without Henrietta’s knowledge or consent.

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