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Biobanking Challenges: Obstacle Course of Consent

Posted on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 @ 06:00 AM

Working in the biobanking field and observing researchers use tissue samples to help cure cancer is fascinating stuff. I see stories all the time about people who have rare diseases, and because there just isn't enough of the population with that disease to collect samples, no research gets done. Tissue samples become vital to finding the cure. I think we all want to help find a cure for cancer and the great part is that we all could help by donating our tissue samples for use in research. The not so fascinating stuff is seeing the Herculean effort it takes to actually obtain banked samples for research.

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Tags: cancer study, biobanking, tissue samples, research, tissue harvesting, Henrietta Lacks

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