Ethical Issues in Genetic Research
Last week I gave a blood sample as part of research in which I am a volunteer. VITAL is a large study that seeks to learn about the effects of certain dietary supplements. VITAL often asks its subjects to consider “extra” participation, including this blood sample. The blood draw had its own informed consent for the actual procedure and for the use of the information. Interestingly, there is a separate box for me to check to indicate whether I am willing to have the sample used for genetic research.