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IRB practices and policies regarding the secondary research use of biospecimens

  • Aaron J Goldenberg1Email author,
  • Karen J Maschke2,
  • Steven Joffe3,
  • Jeffrey R Botkin4,
  • Erin Rothwell4,
  • Thomas H Murray2, 5,
  • Rebecca Anderson4,
  • Nicole Deming1,
  • Beth F Rosenthal1 and
  • Suzanne M Rivera1
BMC Medical Ethics201516:32

Received: 15 August 2014

Accepted: 23 April 2015

Published: 8 May 2015

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23 Apr 2015 Editorially accepted
8 May 2015 Article published 10.1186/s12910-015-0020-1

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Bioethics, TA212 School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA
The Hastings Center and the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, Garrison, USA
Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, USA
Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore