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U.K. Researchers Hope for Clarity in Tissue Use

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Science  06 Dec 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5600, pp. 1867-1869
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5600.1867a

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K.-- British medical researchers are facing major changes in the rules governing the scientific use of human tissues, the result of a series of scandals in the 1990s. Earlier this year, the U.K. government said it was considering drafting a law to prevent misuse of tissues. Bioethics committees have already tightened access to human tissues drastically, however, causing some projects to grind to a halt.