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UK Biobank Taps TAP to Supply It With Polar Archive

NEW YORK, Jan.19 (GenomeWeb News) - The Automation Partnership has been selected to design and implement the -80ºC automated sample-management system for the UK Biobank project, the application manufacturer announced today.


The final archive system, to be called Polar, will provide storage for around 10 million biological samples for up to 25 years, as well as retrieval and full tracking capabilities, according to the statement.


The UK Biobank project plans to collect samples from up to a half million participants between 45 and 69 years old, making it the world's largest public repository of genetic, medical, and lifestyle information. It is funded by the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust biomedical research charity, the UK Department of Health and the Scottish Executive.

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