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U.S. National Institutes of Health
Last Updated: 09/20/12

Human Specimens for Research

Finding Human Tissues for Research

  • NCI Specimen Resource Locator
  • The NCI Tissue Expediter
  • NCI-Supported Specimen Resources

Legal and Ethical Issues

  • Ethical Collection of Specimens
  • How Federal Regulations Apply to Research on Human Specimens
  • 50-State Survey of Laws Regulating the Collection, Storage, and Use of Human Tissue Specimens and Associated Data for Research: pdf version | html version

How to Establish and Manage a Tissue Bank or Other Specimen Resource

  • Funding for the Collection and Distribution of Specimens
  • How to Establish a Tissue Bank or Other Specimen Resource
  • Biohazards
  • How the NCI Evaluates NCI-supported Resources
  • The International Society of Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER)