The Changing Face of Biobanks

Jeanene Swanson in Genome Technology, July/August 2009


“Biobanking is changing rapidly, and it’s in no small part due to the demands of systems biology. Many [large-scale biobanks] are also adding clinical annotation, genetic data, and increasingly genomic, proteomic, and other ‘omics’ information.”

“Because biobanks not only collect and store specimens, but serve as a library of sorts for researchers wishing to work with these samples, they have many requirements.”

“The goal, says Jennifer Harris at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo, is to develop a common infrastructure that encourages sharing in order to make high-throughput work possible. “Getting the most out of the data will require a certain amount of sharing and data release,” she says.”

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