Biobanks are repositories where organised collections of human biological materials, and associated data from large numbers of individuals, are collected, stored and distributed for the purpose of health research. Biobanking is not a new concept. What is new is that with rapid advances in science and technology, the reliance on the use of human biobanks, as well as the numbers and size of biobanks, have increased dramatically.
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