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doi: 10.1097/QAD.0b013e32835c1244
Editorial Review

Biobanking past, present and future: responsibilities and benefits

De Souza, Yvonne G.; Greenspan, John S.

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The review explores the field of biobanking as it has evolved from a simple collection of frozen specimens to the virtual biobank. Biorepository and biospecimen science has evolved in response to the changing landscape of external regulatory pressures, the advances made in the biological sciences, and the advent of the computer chip. Biospecimen banking is a growing enterprise crucial to health science research and other biological sciences. In this review we discuss the history of biobanking, highlight current and emerging issues, discuss demands and responses, and describe an example of a biobank, the University of California, San Francisco AIDS Specimen Bank that has functioned for 30 years.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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