Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: The case in which Dr Catalona is
involved presents potentially important issues for academic researchers. For
this reason, we described it briefly in our article on ownership of tissue
samples, taking our information from documents filed with the district court,
as noted in the article. Dr Catalona emphasizes in his letter that his lawsuit
pertains to competing rights in a tissue collection rather than rights in
research products derived from human tissue samples. We did not speculate
about the merits of the case because the parties have neither presented all
the underlying facts to the court nor argued their interpretations of applicable
laws, and the court has not rendered a decision.
Hakimian R, Korn D. Ownership and Use of Tissue Specimens for Research—Reply. JAMA. 2005;293(11):1325-1326. doi:10.1001/jama.293.11.1325-b