Global Genes, Local Concerns
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Global Genes, Local Concerns

Legal, Ethical, and Scientific Challenges in International Biobanking

Edited by Timo Minssen, Janne R Herrmann and Jens Schovsbo

With interdisciplinary chapters written by lawyers, sociologists, doctors and biobank practitioners, Global Genes, Local Concerns identifies and discusses the most pressing issues in contemporary biobanking. Addressing pressing questions such as how do national biobanks best contribute to translational research and how could academic and industrial exploitation, ownership and IPR issues be addressed and facilitated, this book contributes to the continued development of international biobanking by highlighting and analysing the complexities in this important area of research.
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Chapter 3: Biobanks as innovation infrastructure for translational medicine

W. Nicholson Price II

Abstract

This chapter briefly describes big data in medicine: the sources of medical data, the promises of medical big data, and a key challenge: data fragmentation. In the second part, it discusses the role of biobanks in medical big data, focusing on their role in infrastructure for innovation and their potential for facilitating translational research.

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