Tissue Ownership Update III: AP on Catalona
The story cites David Korn, senior vice president of the Association of American Medical Colleges, making an analogy I wanted to include in my story, but it was cut for space: He sees tissue collections as research libraries. "If, at any time, book donors or their heirs could walk into the library and take out volumes, it would be awfully hard to maintain a library of any scholarship value." Korn always does an excellent job of showing why this issue is complex from both sides.
It is possible to maintain a top-of-the-line tissue library while getting consent -- the National Cancer Institute is on their way to becoming the model for doing so.