Banking of high-quality, appropriately consented human tissue is crucial for the understanding of disease pathogenesis and translation of such knowledge into improvements in patient care. Traditionally, tissue banking has been thought of as primarily an academic research activity, but tissue and biospecimen banking is increasingly assuming clinical importance, especially with the advent of genetic and proteomic testing approaches that rely on fresh or fresh frozen tissue. These approaches are part of the revolution in personalized medicine. This revolution's impact on biorepositories - their mission and day-to-day function - will be profound. Direct patient care will require structuring tissue procurement to become a routine part of patient care. Accordingly tissue banking will expand from its traditional research role in large academic medical centers into the everyday practice of surgical pathology. Successful implementation of this model will require consideration of several financial, medicolegal, and administrative issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)679-684
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of clinical pathology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • Biobanking
  • Biorepository
  • Personalized medicine
  • Reimbursement
  • Surgical pathology
  • Tissue procurement


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