The Changing Face of Biobanks


Biobanking is changing rapidly, and it's in no small part due to the demands of systems biology. While small, university-centered banks have existed for decades, large-scale biobanks — whether tissue repositories or population databases — have recently been implemented all across the world. Many are also adding clinical annotation, genetic data, and increasingly genomic, proteomic, and other 'omics information. Population-wide biobanks exist in Iceland, the UK, Sweden, Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Singapore, and Japan.

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