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5 Biobanking Challenges That Must Be Addressed

Posted on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Performing research for any disease takes hard work, but it is nearly impossible to conduct ground-breaking research and advance science in an expedient manner without a solid starting point--The specimens. The raw material for most of the good work to happen in the life sciences can likely be found in ample quantities of quality-controlled and well-catalogued specimens linked to information about the person from whom they came and their health status.

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Tags: biobanking, tissue samples, research, medical code sets, ICD9, ICD10, SNOMED_CT, biobanking software, identify specimens for research

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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