Biobanking for Europe

Martin Yuille, Gkert Jan van ommen, Christian Bréchot, Anne Cambon-Thomsen, Georges Dagher, Ulf Landegren, Jan Eric Litton, Markus Pasterk, Leena Peltonen, Mike Taussig, H. Erich Wichmann, Kurt Zatloukal

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    Biobanks are well-organized resources comprising biological samples and associated information that are accessible to scientific investigation. Across Europe, millions of samples with related data are held in different types of collections. While individual collections can be well organized and accessible, the resources are subject to fragmentation, insecurity of funding and incompleteness. To address these issues, a Biobanking and BioMolecular Resources Infrastructure (BBMRI) is to be developed across Europe, thereby implementing a European 'roadmap' for research infrastructures that was developed by a forum of EU member states and that has been received by the European Commission. In this review, we describe the work involved in preparing for the construction of BBMRI in a European and global context. © The Author 2007. Published by Oxford University Press.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)14-24
    Number of pages10
    JournalBriefings in Bioinformatics
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008


    • Biobanks
    • Databases
    • Epidemiology
    • Ethics
    • Funding
    • Genetics
    • Pathology


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