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House Panel Finds Fault With How NIH Handles Tissue Samples

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Science  23 Jun 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5781, pp. 1733
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5781.1733

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A congressional finding that a drug company paid a National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientist for spinal fluid samples has raised a larger question: What happens to NIH's archived patient samples? NIH's efforts to improve practices within its intramural program come as U.S. medical centers are trying to tighten controls over such materials. (Read more.)