The legal status of human biological samples used in research purposes
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The article is concerning analysis of legal status of human biological samples used in research purposes. Historical evolution of human body status, possible use of human biological samples and legal status of human biological samples under the European Community, Polish, Italian Law has been described in the article, as well as regulation in the Common Law countries. In author’s opinion the human biological samples should be recognized as a res for the legal purposes. Aforementioned approach provides the best protection of interests of both donors and biobanks. Paper contains conclusions de lege lata and de lege ferenda, including proposals of future legislation regarding biobanks and potential influence of foreign courts judicial decisions in this area on Polish legal practice.
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