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Nat Rev Cancer. 2011 Apr;11(4):303-8. doi: 10.1038/nrc3022. Epub 2011 Mar 17.

The Bio-PIN: a concept to improve biobanking.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100, Utrecht 3584CX, The Netherlands.


A new biobanking method is proposed, wherein samples and associated data would be deposited anonymously and labelled using a PIN code that is produced on the basis of personal biological characteristics, such as single nucleotide polymorphisms. The code would be the 'Bio-PIN' to uniquely distinguish the sample depositors, plus their samples and data. This method could help to diminish several long-discussed ethical, legal and societal problems in biobanking regarding privacy, informed consent, autonomy, data security and public trust.

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