"For the cure." This statement resonates throughout society and offers a simple reasoning for the conduct of biomedical research. It provides a strong impetus for advocates of biomedical research to pursue appropriations to support research hypotheses, advanced medical technologies, and targeted therapeutic strategies. Answering sophisticated medical questions, however, requires researchers and clinicians to have an adequate supply of materials necessary to facilitate their research endeavors. These materials-commonly referred to as biospecimens- may include frozen human embryos, tissue specimens, blood samples, buccal swabs, or exhaled breath condensate, all of which may be collected and stored in biobanks.
Jonathan S. Miller,
Can I Call You Back? A Sustained Interaction With Biospecimen Donors To Facilitate Advances In Research,
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