Large-scale biobanks face new challenges

07/2/2009 | GenomeWeb Daily News (free registration)

As the number of large-scale biobanks increase due to the demands of systems biology, biobank practices have to face new challenges in addition to the main requirements of specimen collection, storage, processing and distribution. Several endeavors in Europe are geared toward harmonization, or ensuring all biobanks work with the same set of evidence-based standards for collecting, storing and handling of samples. Ultimately, the most pressing concern for biobanking is standardization, one expert said.

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