A POSTnote that explores the role of biobanks in health research.Jump to full report >>
Biobanks are repositories of biological samples, physical measurements and outcome and behavioural data collected for research, clinical practice or public health monitoring. Most biobanks are established to investigate the common determinants of mortality and morbidity. This briefing updates POSTnote 180 and summarises biobank activity in the UK and the legal, ethical and practical issues.
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