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J. Pers. Med. 2013, 3(2), 102-110; doi:10.3390/jpm3020102

Motivations and Barriers to Sharing Biological Samples: A Case Study

Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030, USA
Received: 2 May 2013 / Revised: 22 May 2013 / Accepted: 27 May 2013 / Published: 6 June 2013
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One of the most significant impediments to the current goals of genomic research is the limited availability of high quality biological samples. Despite efforts to increase both the quality and quantity of samples collected, access to such samples remains limited. This may be due, at least in part, to a general reluctance of biobanking professionals, clinicians, and researchers to share biological specimens with others. Ethnographic methods were used in a biobank setting to explore professionals’ perspectives toward and practices of sharing samples. Several motivations and barriers to sharing that may influence research practice were identified. Contrary to existing literature that suggests that professionals are unlikely to share samples with one another, the participants of this study were open to and supportive of sharing samples for research. However, clear communication and effective infrastructure are needed to support the distribution of biobank materials.
Keywords: biobank; genomics; tissue samples biobank; genomics; tissue samples
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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