Arizona ruling revives lawsuits over research

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PHOENIX -- A court ruling issued Friday revives a lawsuit filed by Havasupai Indians who allege that university researchers misused blood samples taken from members of the northern Arizona tribe.

Tribal members agreed to provide blood samples for diabetes research, but they also were used for research into schizophrenia, inbreeding and ancient population migration.

A trial court judge had dismissed the lawsuits against the Arizona Board of Regents and current and former Arizona State University and University of Arizona researchers. The judge said the plaintiffs didn't provide information required for pre-lawsuit claims for settlements.

But a split Court of Appeals panel ruling says the claims either had enough information or that some facts still must be determined.

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