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Genetics research

Investigators must indicate in their submissions whether their research involves genetic testing, gene therapy, or collection of genetic information. Studies that involve genetics research include:

  • Gene transfer or gene therapy (these studies require review by the Human Gene Therapy Committee, a subcommittee of the Institutional Biosafety Committee of Boston University and Boston Medical Center)
  • Pedigree study (to discover the pattern of inheritance of a disease and to catalog the range of symptoms)
    Positional cloning (to localize and identify specific genes)
  • DNA Diagnostic study (to develop techniques for determining the presence of specific DNA mutations or polymorphisms)
  • Association Studies (genotype-phenotype correlation) including GWAS (genome wide association studies)
  • Genetic pharmacokinetic research
  • Collecting Data for submission to the NIH database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP)

More information about genetics research may be found by contacting us or at HRPP Policies and Procedures.