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Reporting Actionable Research Results: Shared Secrets Can Save Lives

Science Translational Medicine  18 Jul 2012:
Vol. 4, Issue 143, pp. 143cm8
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3003958

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Abstract

In this Commentary, we describe a cryptographic method for returning research results to individuals who participate in clinical studies. Controlled use of this method, which relaxes the typical anonymization guarantee, can ensure that clinically actionable results reach participants while also addressing most privacy concerns.

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