Biobanks and Ethics Committees

  • Laura Palazzani


Experimentation is almost always strictly connected to the use of biological samples and to biobanks. Experimentation of drug on human beings generally imply the research on biological samples and their genetic materials. Biobanks are units that collect biological samples by individuals or groups, together with their personal information. The chapter analysis the different theories, in a pluralistic setting, focusing on the concept of ‘donation’ of samples (form individualism to communitarianism), underlining the implication on informed consent. A specific role of Ethics Committees or Institutional Review Boards is highlighted.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Palazzani
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  1. 1.Department of Law, Economics, Politics and Modern LanguagesLUMSA UniversityRomeItaly

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