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March 16, 2005

Ownership and Use of Tissue Specimens for Research—Reply

JAMA. 2005;293(11):1325-1326. doi:10.1001/jama.293.11.1325-b

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.

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