The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre (TDCC) is coordinating biobanking efforts to support research into COVID-19; developing a process to ensure that active biobanks receive requests which are relevant for their collections and capabilities.
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks Today, samples donated for medical research are anonymised so that any work performed on them cannot be traced back to the donor. But donation for research has not always worked like this. In 1951, tumour cells from a patient in the USA were grown and sent all over the world, later to be traced back to her and her family. We discuss the implications… Read More »The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks
It is difficult to generalise what to expect when you donate your tissue to a biobank, as each biobank will operate in a slightly different manner. So this has been intended as a guide describing some of the key points during the various stages of biobanking to give you an idea what is likely to happen. When will I be approached? A biobank may contact you at anytime but the… Read More »What to expect when donating samples