The Bio-PIN: A concept to improve biobanking

J. J. Nietfeld, Jeremy Sugarman, Jan Eric Litton

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A new biobanking method is proposed, wherein samples and associated data would be deposited anonymously and labelled using a PIN code that is produced on the basis of personal biological characteristics, such as single nucleotide polymorphisms. The code would be the 'Bio-PIN' to uniquely distinguish the sample depositors, plus their samples and data. This method could help to diminish several long-discussed ethical, legal and societal problems in biobanking regarding privacy, informed consent, autonomy, data security and public trust.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-308
Number of pages6
JournalNature Reviews Cancer
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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