Published: 31 January 2002

Genetic research and human biological samples

The purpose of this paper is to examine the legal and ethical issues that should be considered before researchers commence genetic research which entails the study of the genetic basis of disease. The paper deals mainly with the legal and ethical concerns regarding the nature of the consent that should be obtained from biological/bodily sample/DNA donors who donate biological/bodily/DNA samples that will be utilised as coded samples by researchers for the purposes of discovering the genetic basis of disease.


  • Asim Sheikh

Publication (PDF, 384 KB)

Publication (PDF, 384 KB)

Health Research Board
Health Research Board
Place of publication
ISBN number

Information and documents obtained from this website are the copyright of Health Research Board unless otherwise stated. These may be reproduced and /or re-used subject to the latest Public Sector Information license, without the need for users to make a license application to the HRB.

Re-use includes copying, issuing copies to the public, publishing, broadcasting and translating into other languages. It also covers non-commercial research and study. 

Full information on the regulations is available from the Public Sector Information (PSI) Portal at the following web address The Public Sector Information Portal will always have the most up to date PSI Licence.