Biobanking of Cellular Material

  • Anna Poluha
  • Elżbieta Urbanowska
Part of the Principles and Practice book series (PRINCIPLES)


Research biobanks are well-organized resources developed for the purpose of collecting, processing, storing, and distributing biological samples, accompanied by associated relevant clinical data, to make them accessible to further scientific investigation. In order to be efficient and reliable, genetic biobanks must implement specific guidelines. The detailed protocols for each step of the biobanking process strictly depend on the type and the aims of particular institution. However, some general policies should be followed, regarding key components of the banking process: obtaining informed initial consent to participate, proper collection of biological material, handling and transport of samples, freezing, storage, and retrieval of collected tissue as well as collection, protection, and sharing of relevant data.


Roswell Park Memorial Institute Medium Bank Material Research Biobanks Short Time Storage Proper Collection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and TransplantologyChildren’s University HospitalLublinPoland
  2. 2.Department of Hematology, Oncology and Internal DiseasesMedical University of WarsawWarsawPoland

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