Biospecimen "ownership": Counterpoint

Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law Department of Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-4976, USA.
Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention (Impact Factor: 4.32). 03/2007; 16(2):190-1. DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-06-1004
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