Amazing advancements in understanding the genetics behind a variety of diseases have come about in large part because of the use of human tissue specimens by researchers around the globe. Biospecimens have been collected for many decades now, but today, there is a growing recognition of the need for higher quality, well annotated and more diverse specimens to advance our understanding of the molecular basis for disease.
Traditionally, tissue specimens are collected during a surgical procedure to remove a suspicious growth for biopsy or to excise a tumor or other growth. The remaining tissue after pathology analysis was often discarded or was so small in size as to make it unusable for additional research. With the rise of genetic testing and research, this model is changing. Now, more and more medical institutions are actively recruiting a people representing a diversity in health status, demography, treatment history, etc. The reason is that such populations help researchers advance their understanding of disease genetics and the differences that can and do exist among different populations.Read More