Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Biobanks a goal for National Cancer Institute

Time reports that building a national biobank is on the list of goals for the National Cancer Institute. This would be the first of its kind, and it would house tissue samples, tumor cell, DNA and blood, among other things. Canada, Britain, Norway and Sweden already have biobanks running in their countries. The collection of genes from patients around the country could help doctors link more patients with what diseases run in the genes they have. Will Americans be on board to donate their DNA?

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