Storage of Genetic Material
Some studies require the collection and storage of biological specimens. All specimens will be processed for storage, catalogued and placed in a secured facility at The University of Texas at Austin, or another site. All identifying information, including name and any identifying numbers, will be removed from the specimen and will not be retained. As a result, it will be impossible to connect the subject with the specimen. Some basic information such as age, gender, and diagnosis may be retained with the specimen. There is no cost to the subject or subject's insurance company for the storage and use of the specimen.
Many research studies in which the specimen may be used have not yet been determined. Some studies may involve genetic research. Genetic research is about finding the specific location of genes on chromosomes, learning how genes work, and developing treatments and cures for diseases that are genetically based. Since it is impossible to connect subject with the specimen, subjects will not be contacted in the future about any planned studies involving the specimen. However, all such studies must be reviewed and approved by the IRB. The specimen may be shared with researchers and will be stored indefinitely.