Scientists Fight Obama Plan to Require Patient Consent to Use Blood, Biopsies in Research

May 17, 2016

(STAT News) – Scientists are warning that a new proposal by the Obama administration could stifle medical research and undermine major initiatives being pursued by the White House. The controversial provision would require researchers to obtain consent from patients to use almost all biospecimens — blood samples, tumor biopsies, and organ tissue — even when those samples do not include information that could be used to identify the patients.