Handbook of Human Tissue Sources

A National Resource of Human Tissue Samples

by Elisa Eiseman, Susanne B. Haga


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To date, no central database captures information about stored tissue samples. This handbook serves as a national resource, to bring together for the first time, in a single document, information about tissue storage in the United States. It provides information about several aspects of stored tissue samples, such as how many samples exist in the United States, where they are, who has access to them, and for what purposes they are used. A conservative estimate from the tissue collections described in this book is that more than 307 million specimens from more than 178 million cases are stored in the United States, accumulating at a rate of more than 20 million per year. This handbook will be a valuable resource for researchers who require tissue samples for studies in genetics, cancer, immunology, physiology, and cell biology, among many other disciplines. In addition, it should be useful to policymakers, physicians, and other professionals in fields related to health care.

Table of Contents

  • Preface PDF

  • Figures PDF

  • Tables PDF

  • Summary PDF

  • Acknowledgements

    Acknowledgments PDF

  • Abbreviations PDF

  • Chapter One

    Introduction PDF

  • Chapter Two

    Methods PDF

  • Chapter Three

    Large Tissue Banks, Repositories, and Core Facilities PDF

  • Chapter Four

    Tumor Registries PDF

  • Chapter Five

    Tissue Collections Created from Longitudinal and Individual Research Studies PDF

  • Chapter Six

    Pathology Specimens PDF

  • Chapter Seven

    State Screening Laboratories and Forensic Dna Banks PDF

  • Chapter Eight

    Cryopreservation Facilities/Storage Banks PDF

  • Chapter Nine

    Organ Banks/Blood Banks PDF

  • Chapter Ten

    Conclusions PDF

  • Appendix A

    Quantity of Stored Tissue Samples in the United States PDF

  • Appendix B

    Overall Summary of Stored Tissue Samples in the United States PDF

  • Appendix C

    Summary of Tissue Banks/Repositories by Tissue Type PDF

  • Appendix D

    Alphabetical Listing of Tissue Banks/Repositories and Contacts PDF

  • Appendix E

    Alphabetical Listing by State of Tissue Banks Described in Chapter Three PDF

  • Appendix F

    Tumor Registries by State PDF

  • Appendix G

    Alphabetical Listing by State of Longitudinal Studies and Research Projects That Simultaneously Create Tissue Banks PDF

  • Appendix H

    Transplant Organ and Tissue Banks by State PDF

  • Chapter I

    Cryopreservation Storage Facilities and Fertility Clinics by State PDF

  • Appendix J

    Stored Tissue Sample Web Sites PDF

  • References PDF

  • Index PDF

The research was supported by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and performed under the auspices of RAND's Science and Technology unit.

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