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PubMed | The Kids Research Institute
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of health services research & policy | Year: 2016

This article raises the concern that biobanks are failing to realize the expected research and health service outcomes. Rather than biobanking, we have been engaging in biohoarding, where building a quantifiable collection of tissue samples is the primary basis of the bio-resource. The root cause of biohoarding is an ideological and motivational confusion as to the purpose for collecting the tissue in the first place. We have lost sight of the knowledge gain that biobanks should generate. The obligation to prevent biohoarding lies not with researchers, funders or managers but with policy makers.

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