A Guide to the Types of Biobank Research

Environmental research is just one of the many purposes of biobanks

While many people have likely heard the term “biobanking,” they likely have little to no idea what it actually means. Biobanks often come up in discussions of new studies or research findings, but there isn’t much information on what they are. Biobanks are facilities located nationwide, which focus on various kinds of research. They boasted an impressive 300 million tissue samples at the turn of the century, and that number has grown exponentially since then. Sample tracking provides an easy way to catalog samples based on age, race, and gender, among many other divisions.
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