Children and Population Biobanks

Science  14 Aug 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5942, pp. 818-819
DOI: 10.1126/science.1173284

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Population biobanks, which store and distribute human DNA, cell lines, and tissue samples collected from large cohorts, are being established and are growing in size (1). These population biobanks are often funded wholly or in part by governments and are envisaged as novel resources for national and international biomedical research programs. Such programs include studies on associations between genotypes, environmental exposure measures, socioeconomic parameters, and phenotypes of human health and disease.