Working with Human Material
The Sanger Institute uses human tissue samples, DNA and RNA donated by the living and the deceased in its research. In addition the Institute uses induced pluripotent stem cells and human embryonic stem cell lines. The Institute does not use human embryoes in any of its research at this time.
All research using human material must comply with the Human Tissue Act (2004) and with the Human Materials Policy and Ethical Guidelines. This means that, where appropriate, consent and ethical approval must be obtained from research participants before using their samples, and ethical approval from the National Research Ethics Service (NRES) must be obtained for the storage and use of material that contains human cells (defined in the Act as ‘relevant material’), at the Sanger Institute.