Policy ForumResearch Funding

Sustaining the Data and Bioresource Commons

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Science  29 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6004, pp. 592-593
DOI: 10.1126/science.1191506

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Development of powerful, high-throughput technologies, together with globalization of scientific research, presents the biomedical research community with unprecedented challenges for the management, archiving, and distribution of data and bioresources (1). We need a social contract between funding agencies and the scientific community to accommodate “bottom-up” integration and “top-down” financing of databases and biorepositories on an international scale.