Biospecimens and biorepositories: From afterthought to science

Jimmie B. Vaught, Marianne K. Henderson, Carolyn C. Compton

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Biospecimens are recognized as critical components of biomedical research, from basic studies to clinical trials and epidemiologic investigations. Biorepositories have existed in various forms for more than 150 years, from early small collections in pathology laboratories to modern automated facilities managing millions of samples.Ascollaborative science has developed, it has been recognized that biospecimensmust be of consistent quality. Recent years have seen a proliferation of best practices and the recognition of the field of "biospecimen science." The future of this field will depend on the development of more evidence-based practices in both the research and clinical settings. As the field matures, educating a new generation of biospecimen/biobanking scientists will be an important need.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-255
Number of pages3
JournalCancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Oncology


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