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Br J Cancer. 2004 Mar 22;90(6):1115-9.

Establishing a tumour bank: banking, informatics and ethics.

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  • 1Columbus Children's Hospital, 700 Children's Drive, Columbus, OH 43205, USA. qualmans@pediatrics-state.edu

Abstract

The six divisions of the Cooperative Human Tissue Network in the USA bank and distribute tens of thousands of tissue specimens to researchers annually. Major operational concerns include: maintaining tissue integrity, managing informatics, and protecting patient confidentiality. Increasing molecular genetics testing is also resulting in an increased demand for high-quality nucleic acids.

PMID:
15026787
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PMCID:
PMC2409638
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Informatics design of the Biopathology Center System (BPCS). A centralised inventory system is at the heart of the design, which can account for both cooperative group and patient-specific data, while maintaining a real-time inventory of specimen deposits, withdrawals, and residual tissues. Digital images of clinical documents accompanying specimens are created and stored using a document imaging system.
Br J Cancer. 2004 March 22;90(6):1115-1119.
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