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 13: Biobanks and biobank networks

Eva Ortega-Paíno and Aaro Tupasela


Biobanks and biobank networks are important for high-quality biomedical research, and provide a unique opportunity for the discovery of novel genes for diagnosis and treatment. Despite their importance, biobanks face numerous challenges in terms of quality and comparability of samples. The establishment of common standards, not only for storage and processing of biospecimens but also for discovery and validation, as well as harmonized data from those samples has become one of the major challenges that biobankers face and are working on. In this chapter, we argue that biobanks and biobank networks play a pivotal role in biomedical research. Biobanks are central to the enactment and implementation of collection practices in which good-quality samples and related information are collected from the population. This activity is central to the production of good research whose results are both replicable and valid.

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