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Rozhl Chir. 2014 Mar;93(3):176-9.

[Organisation and use of a tumour tissue bank].

[Article in Czech]


Biobanking is a well-organized, sophisticated system that consists in programmed storage of biological material and corresponding data that is accessible for scientific investigation. In this article, we briefly describe the principles of a tumour biobank; namely sample collection, storage and distribution. The key role of pathologists in the process of biobank sample selection is highlighted; it is an integral part of gross specimen handling as a diagnostic procedure. The harmonization of standard operating procedures is an important issue; the biological material stored in a biobank must be processed in a manner that allows compatibility with other biobanks. Material withdrawal must be accompanied by a Material Transfer Agreement to cover all technical and ethical/legal issues concerning the scientific utilization of the released material.

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