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Ethics & sudden death in the young

Quianta Moore

Ethics & sudden death in the young.

By Amy L. McGuire, Quianta Moore, et al.

The "molecular autopsy," or the collection of blood and tissue for DNA analysis, is an increasingly pervasive tool in investigating sudden death in the young. The authors offer recommendations that address ethical and policy issues that arise when molecular autopsies are conducted as part of a death investigation by medical examiner or coroner offices.