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International co-operation between biobanks: the case for harmonisation of guidelines and governance


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Chalmers, DRC (2007) International co-operation between biobanks: the case for harmonisation of guidelines and governance. In: Human biotechnology & public trust: trends, perceptions and regulation. Centre for Law and Genetics, Hobart, pp. 237-246. ISBN 978-0-646-48478-5

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Introduction: The growth of biobanks
The modern term "biobank" (or DNA bank) evokes images of human tissue and deposits, withdrawals and investment. Such images are not inaccurate. In the same image, the Estonian Genome Project uses the term "genebank". The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) generally uses the term 'genetic databases' or 'Human Genetic Research Databases (HGRDs)' rather than biohanks to describe large-scale collections of human tissue (the Latvian Genome Project has used "genome database"). The term "biobank" is largely synonymous with the term human genetic research database. Both involve the storage of human tissue. More importantly, both refer to the use of human tissue for research purposes.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Centre for Law and Genetics
Page Range: pp. 237-246
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© 2007 Centre for Law and Genetics

Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 15:30
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2010 04:54
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