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UK to Establish National Cancer Tissue Resource

NEW YORK, April 4 - The UK's National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) said yesterday that it plans to establish a National Cancer Tissue Resource, a UK-wide tumor bank that will collect, store, and distribute cancer samples for research.


The resource will consist of a network of tissue acquisition centers as well as processing centers that will extract DNA, RNA and other molecules and produce tissue microarrays. These networks will be managed through a coordinating center that will develop standards for tumor collection and storage. A central information system will serve to track samples and link histopathology data with clinical and research results.


Funding for the first five years will come from the Department of Health, which will provide £2.5 million ($3.9 million), from the Medical Research Council, and from Cancer Research UK, a charity, which will each contribute £1.25 million ($1.95 million).


The NCRI, a consortium including the UK government, the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, and other cancer charities, plans to appoint a senior chief operating officer to develop the tissue resource. Cancer Research UK will manage this appointment and establish an access system for the resource.


The National Translational Cancer Research Network, an association of ten cancer centers, provided the initial blueprint for the new tissue tumor bank.

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