ISPE Glossary of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Terminology

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The scientific study of heredity: how particular qualities or traits are transmitted from parents to offspring.


The study of how particular traits are passed from parents to children. Identifiable genetic information receives the same level of protection as other health care information under the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Of note for genetic researchers, the rule defines "identifiable" information to include information from the individual as well as relatives. Thus researchers considering whether to deidentify data should review the definition of deidentified information closely.

Publication Source: Committees on Human Research

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