Cover: Availability and Quality of Human Biospecimens for Use in Biomedical Research

Availability and Quality of Human Biospecimens for Use in Biomedical Research

Published in: www.BioBankCentral.org, 2006, Who's Who in Biobanking, Guest essay, p. 1-4

Posted on rand.org 2006

by Elisa Eiseman

Although human biospecimens and associated demographic and clinical data are collected and stored for research purposes at hundreds of biorepositories throughout the United States, researchers are often unaware of the wealth of resources available to them because of the lack of a single guide that provides information about the availability of biospecimens. In addition, techniques for tissue collection, processing, and storage -- the core functions of a biorepository -- vary depending on the purpose for which the biorepository was established.

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