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Editorial
July 8, 2002

Research on Stored Biological Samples Is Still Research

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(13):1439-1440. doi:10.1001/archinte.162.13.1439

AS THE THIRD MILLENNIUM BEGINS, decoding of the human genome presents exciting prospects for the prevention, diagnosis, and, ultimately, treatment of human diseases. Like all powerful new technologies, the prospects of molecular biology bear a striking resemblance to a double-edged sword. One edge comprises immeasurable potential benefit to humankind, the other holds potential for great harm if promising technologies are abused or used in ways that subvert other important interests.

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