Latest Biobank Stories
Many biotech observers maintain that the future of healthcare will largely be based on the field of personalized medicine.
Karen J. Maschke, a research scholar at The Hastings Center, is coauthor of a consensus article that explicitly outlines "significant new responsibilities" for biobanks concerning the return of incidental findings and individual research results to people whose biospecimens were used in genetic and genomic studies.
Bioethicists at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics are co-authors on a consensus article placing "significant responsibility" on biobanks to report individual research results (IRRs) and incidental findings (IFs) to the contributors of genetic material.
Having to obtain informed consent for the use of left-over human tissue samples could be hampering essential biobank research says a research group on bmj.com today.
Biobanks are repositories for tissue samples, usually in the form of blood or saliva or leftover tissue from surgical procedures.
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