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Medical academic wants to use Travellers’ genetic data without consent

Professor Gianpiero Cavalleri obtained the data samples from Travellers in 2011 for an RTÉ documentary

Killian Woods

Business reporter

@killianwoods
2nd February, 2020
Professor Gianpiero Cavalleri obtained DNA samples from Irish Travellers in 2011

A Royal College of Surgeons professor wants special permission to use genetic data of Irish Travellers he collected nearly ten years ago for research without seeking their consent.

Researchers who have patient data, but do not have explicit consent to use it for research, can apply to the Health Research Consent Declaration Committee (HRCDC) for an exemption from consent rules that apply to health studies.

As part of the Blood of the Travellers RTÉ documentary...

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