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Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2012 Jun;136(6):668-78. doi: 10.5858/arpa.2011-0274-SO.

Biospecimens and biorepositories for the community pathologist.

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Department of Pathology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710, USA. dash0002@mc.duke.edu

Abstract

Pathologists have long served as custodians of human biospecimens collected for diagnostic purposes. Rapid advancements in diagnostic technologies require that pathologists change their practices to optimize patient care. The proper handling of biospecimens creates opportunities for pathologists to improve their diagnoses while assessing prognosis and treatment. In addition, the growing need for high-quality biorepositories represents an opportunity for community pathologists to strengthen their role within the health care team, ensuring that clinical care is not compromised while facilitating research. This article provides a resource to community pathologists learning how to create high-quality biorepositories and participating in emerging opportunities in the biorepository field. While a variety of topics are covered to provide breadth of information, the intent is to facilitate a level of understanding that permits community pathologists to make more informed choices in identifying how best their skills and practice may be augmented to address developments in this field.

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DOI:
10.5858/arpa.2011-0274-SO
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