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Unformatted text preview: Dear Dr. Fraumeni and Mr. Oliveira, I t is vitally important that the blood samples can formally be returned to the Yanomami. The American institutions need to be unattached from any liability in respect to the blood samples. The National Cancer Institute did a favor by returning the blood samples and shouldn’t be sued by a good deed. Although the Yanomami are expected to ritually destroy the blood samples once they get them, legal problems may surface if the waiver is not signed. As an anthropologic student, I have learned that respecting others’ cultures is vital in fieldwork and the study of anthropology. I t is understood that Napoleon Chagnon misrepresented the Yanomami as being more violent than they actually are, used unethical techniques to gather data, and violated Venezuelan law. Not only did he disrespect their culture, but he failed to inform them that their blood samples were to be kept in the United States....
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- Spring '08
- Anthropology, Yanomami, blood samples