The ethical and legal problems connected with the activity of biobanks

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Jakub Pawlikowski
Jarosław Sak
Krzysztof Marczewski


The paper presents the most significant ethical and legal problems connected with biobanks in the world. The issues brought up most frequently in this context are informed consent, commercialization, property rights and granting gene patents, the risk of discrimination, and a patient’s right to known and not to know. At the end the situation of Polish biobanks is analyzed with reference to European standards.


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PAWLIKOWSKI, J.; SAK, J.; MARCZEWSKI, K. The ethical and legal problems connected with the activity of biobanks. Diametros, n. 19, p. 106-118, 1 mar. 2009.