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Future of biobanking and translational research in China

Explored in special issue of Biopreservation and Biobanking Journal

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News

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New Rochelle, NY, February 20, 2015-As clinical medical research in China reaches a turning point, the country's strategy for expanding its biosample collection and analysis capabilities and its focus on acquiring new sources of biomedical data to accelerate translational research are highlighted in a special issue of Biopreservation and Biobanking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The issue is available free on the Biopreservation and Biobanking website until March 20, 2015.

In the article "Turning Point: Biobanking in China and the Future of Translational Research," Yutong Song, et al., Shanghai Clinical Research Center, Beijing Capital Medical University, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, review the history and design of biobanking in China. They note that this special issue emphasizes the essential role that biobanking in China will have in advancing translational research and the health management industry through medical data accumulation.

Rongxing Gan and colleagues, Shanghai Clinical Research Center and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, provide an overview of the ongoing development of biosample collections, the role of these collections in modern clinical research, and future strategies in the article "Chinese Biobanking Initiatives."

Xiaopan Liu and coauthors, BGI-Shenzhen and BGI-Yunnan, explore the simplicity, cost, and usefulness of the RNA samples acquired by various methods to study gene expression in blood samples in the article "Comparison of Six Different Pretreatment Methods for Blood RNA Extraction."

The article "Ethical Management Guidelines for the Shanghai Disease-Based Biobank Network7," by Shu Zhu, et al., Shanghai Clinical Research Center, presents an English version of China's biobank ethical management guidelines, which are based on a one-time broad consent with an opt-out provision.

"This special issue on biobanking in China is timely, as biobanking networks and standards are being developed, along with a growing relationship with the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER)" says Editor-in-Chief Jim Vaught, PhD. "The articles include a history of biobanking in China, as well as contributions from authors discussing their current efforts in the regulatory, technical, and biospecimen research areas."

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The complete special issue is available on the Biopreservation and Biobanking website.

About the Journal

Biopreservation and Biobanking is the first journal to provide a unifying forum for the peer-reviewed communication of recent advances in the emerging and evolving field of biospecimen procurement, processing, preservation, and banking. Led by Editor-in-Chief Jim Vaught, PhD, the Journal publishes a range of original articles focusing on current challenges and problems related to the processing of macromolecules, cells, and tissues. It also explores the ethical, legal, and societal considerations surrounding biobanking and biorepository operation. Biopreservation and Biobanking is published bimonthly online with Open Access options and in print. It is the Official Journal of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER). Tables of content and a sample issue are available on the Biopreservation and Biobanking website.

About the Publisher

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including Tissue Engineering, DNA and Cell Biology, Cellular Reprogramming, and ASSAY and Drug Development Technologies. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry's most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm's 80 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.

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