Fight Over Research Samples

1 decade 1 year 4 months ago Thursday, June 21 2007 Jun 21, 2007 Thursday, June 21, 2007 11:57:48 AM CDT June 21, 2007 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Washington University wins a key court ruling in a four year fight with a prominent researcher over blood and tissue samples donated for prostate cancer research. A federal appeals court panel in St. Louis says biological materials donated to the university are the property of the institution -- and not the donors or a researcher who helped collect them. The university says it is now free to use the human tissue, blood and DNA samples that have been in limbo since the property dispute erupted in 2003. The case emerged when prominent researcher Doctor William Catalona tried to take the collection with him when he moved to Northwestern University.

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