Betting on the Bank | GenomeWeb

Betting on the Bank


It has been a rough few years in the biobanking world since it was first weighed and found woefully wanting. That wake-up call came in 2005, when the National Cancer Institute's much anticipated The Cancer Genome Atlas project kicked off, only for the biobank aspect to fall flat on its face. The project hinged on the procurement of 500 samples for five major tumor types, but soon after the call went out to biobanks across the US — and then around the world — it became apparent that only a small fraction of the samples being submitted were of suitable quality for research.

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