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Certificate of compliance with the Code of Conduct HONcode

HONcode status The health Website
Beggs Laboratory
is in compliance with the HONcode

Title of the site:Beggs Laboratory
Web address:http://www.childrenshospital.org/research/beggs/
Mirror address(es):http://www.childrenshospital.org/cfapps/research/data_admin/Site1694/mainpageS1694P0.html
HONcode PIN number :HONConduct929262
Date of initial review: 10 Mar 1998
Validity of certificate22 Feb 2012 - Feb 2014
Date of last visit25 Feb 2014

This certificate confirms the revision of the site by the HONcode Team at the above date.
It respects and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct (HONcode).

* 1. Authoritative   2. Complementarity   3. Privacy   4. Attribution   5. Justifiability   6. Transparency
    7. Financial disclosure   8. Advertising policy

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The Health on the Net (HON) certificate serves as a guarantee that this website, at the date of its certification, complies with and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct as drawn up by the HON foundation.

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You will find below the elements identified by the HONcode team at a precise date to justify the respect of the 8 ethical principles.

The content of this certificate has been collected and written by the Health On the Net Foundation (HON) and should not be used without previous permission granted by HON. A request for permission can be sent to: HON.

1. Information must be authoritative
This website is maintained by Tanya Holmes, BA, Elizabeth Taylor DeChene, MS, CGC, Alan H. Beggs, PhD, and assorted members of the Beggs Laboratory within Children's Hospital Boston. All credentials are displayed on the "Current Members" page of the website.
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2. Presentation of the site
The purpose of this site is to introduce visitors to our research. (...) Our laboratory is part of the Division of Genetics at Children's Hospital Boston and is affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Our main goal is to study the basic biology of skeletal muscles and to use this information to understand the genes and proteins involved in the cause of neuromuscular disorders.
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Audience: General public
The purpose of this site is to introduce visitors to our research

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Purpose of the website
The information that we provide on our Web site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician.
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3. Confidentiality
When you visit our Web site you may provide us only one type of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected on an individual basis. Our Web site does not track with cookies. As we are not asking questions or selling a product, we do not need to trace those who visit our page. If you choose to correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses. We will not provide your email address or contact information to third parties without your specific request or permission
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4. Information must be documented: Referenced and dated
The website was last updated on 06/23/2010.
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5. Justification of claims
This principle is not applicable for this site 

6. User support and adequation
Phones, fax and email are provided.
Contact us
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7. Disclosure of funding sources
Our website is funded by research grants given to Children's Hospital from the National Institute of Health, various foundations and private donors.
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8. Advertising policy
Please note: This website neither hosts nor receives funding from advertising.
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