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Indian scientists are accusing British and German researchers of violating national guidelines when they conducted a study that analysed genetic material from people in the southern state of Kerala.

They say that the case also highlights the Indian government's inability to enforce guidelines introduced in the late 1990s that permit export of biological material for research only after approval from the health ministry.

However, one of the British researchers, Peter Forster, from the University of Cambridge says that informed consent was obtained from all volunteers and that an ethics committee approved the study saying no additional action was required.

Link to British Medical Journal news story

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