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Informed consent in the era of biobanks

Kyle B Brothers

Author Affiliations

Kosair Charities Pediatric Clinical Research Unit, Department of Pediatrics, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY 40202, USA

Genome Medicine 2013, 5:4  doi:10.1186/gm408

Published: 25 January 2013

Abstract

Biorepositories collecting human specimens and health information have proliferated in recent years. Efforts to set a range of policies related to biorepositories, including those related to procedures for obtaining informed consent and recontacting participants, have been hindered by a paucity of data on the diverse forms biorepositories take and the variety of institutional settings where they are established. A recent survey demonstrates in detail, for the first time, the diversity of biorepositories in the USA.

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