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Eur Respir J. 2009 Feb;33(2):419-25. doi: 10.1183/09031936.00043508.

Some principles and practices of genetic biobanking studies.

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Molecular Medicine Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, EH4 2XU, UK.


Genetic biobanking studies are becoming increasingly common as researchers recognise the need for large samples to identify the genetic basis of susceptibility to complex disease. In the present review, the authors give a brief overview of some of the issues that should be considered when implementing such a large-scale project, from study design to sample management, data coding and storage to the statistical analysis and engagement with the public. Specific solutions to these issues are presented, as implemented in the Generation Scotland projects, but the general principles outlined are relevant to any biobanking study.

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