Biobank research

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Leppäluoto, Juhani (2012)
  • Publisher: Co-Action Publishing
  • Journal: International Journal of Circumpolar Health (issn: 1797-237X)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3402/ijch.v65i3.18107

Biobank research is a new and growing branch in human health sciences. Biobank is acollection of blood or tissue samples – from which DNA is available – and pieces of informationabout the living habits and health of the subjects who have donated samples to thebiobank. The purpose of biobanks is to find out risk genes related to common diseases inthe population, such as cardiovascular or mental diseases and cancer, or primary genescausing a particular disease. Establishment of biobanks is based on achievements in humangenome research that was completed in 2002. We may assume that the prospects of biobankresearch will be great, as the results in human genome research are translated into clinicalwork and health care systems.International Journal of Circumpolar Health 65:3 2006
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