"ethics" of keeping Histo tissue samples

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From:"Mike Kirby" <mikek@mail.saimr.wits.ac.za> (by way of histonet)
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Could Russ Allison be a little more specific when he states that the UK
Histopaths have an "Ethics" problem with the storage of tissue samples? Over
here, we keep them (under lock and key)for 2 - 3 years, and then destroy
them by incineration (slides are kept for 30 years, blocks, for ever).We
have had the occasional oddball asking for his/her appendix back so that
they can display it on the mantlepiece, and one episode where the family of
a deceased patient asked for the return of an amputated leg so that he could
be buried and meet his Maker, "intact".
Other that that, we have no "ethical" problems that I am aware of.

South Africa

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