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ASU refutes claims of misuse of tribal members' blood

An investigator hired by Arizona State University says members of the Havasupai Tribe may have given broad consent for research on their genetic material.

But the tribal members and the tribe say they only gave permission for diabetes studies. Instead, they found out that their blood and handprint samples were used for on inbreeding, schizophrenia and theories about ancient human migration.

The individual tribal members and the tribe have filed a $75 million claim against ASU, three researchers and other officials. The lawyer handling the case says 23 different papers were written about the tribe's genetic material.

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