Quality, consent and sharing: crises in biobanking
The field of medical research has its share of crises. They may seem small-scale compared with the existential crisis of climate change, in part because a crisis in medical research does not have immediate life and death consequences.
The consequences are often unidentified and will emerge in the future. However, based on past experience, we can predict that at some point they will become a very real issue, as is the case in biobanking.
In his article in the December issue of Pathology in Practice (see attached), Robert Hewitt looks at the crises currently affecting biosample sharing.