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Why do you take a blood sample?

Collecting blood samples will help us to carry out important medical research. For example, we are interested in understanding things like how diet may influence cholesterol, and how different lifestyles can affect the chance of heart disease.

What will my blood be tested for?

Part of your blood sample (with your permission) will be sent to a laboratory to be tested for the following: – Total cholesterol and high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. Cholesterol is a type of fat present in the blood, related to diet. Too much cholesterol in the blood increases the risk of heart disease. However, […]

Why do you want to take my DNA?

With your permission we would like to extract and store DNA from your blood to use in future research. Current research suggests that an increasing number of illnesses have a genetic element, such as cancer, diabetes, asthma and certain heart conditions. Research using DNA from the blood samples previously given by you and other study […]

Will I see the results of my blood test?

With your permission, we can send you the results from your blood tests. These results will be: total and HDL cholesterol and glycated haemoglobin tests. If you wish, we can also send these results to your GP along with your blood pressure results. We will need your consent to do this. If you consent to […]

Can my sample be used by lawyers in insurance companies?

If you agree to your blood pressure or blood sample results being sent to your GP, then she/he may use them in medical reports about you. For example, if you apply for a new life assurance policy, or for a new job. When people apply for new policies, insurance companies may ask if they can […]

Can you share my DNA with my doctor?

No, unfortunately this is not possible. We use a research laboratory to process the samples, not a medical laboratory. Your DNA will only be used for research purposes.

Could my DNA be used for cloning humans?

NCDS will not use your DNA for cloning humans. The use of human tissue and DNA is strictly controlled. The organisation that funds this research, the UCL Social Research Institute, and the committee which oversees access to the DNA for research, do not allow human cloning.

What if I change my mind?

You can withdraw your consent for the use of your samples at any time, without giving any reasons, by writing to us at: National Child Development Study Centre for Longitudinal Studies UCL Social Research Institute 20 Bedford Way London WC1H 0AL We will then inform the laboratory and the stocks of your samples will be […]