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Biorepositories for cancer research in developing countries

Well-documented biorepositories are essential for cancer research. Currently, major biobanks are located in the developed world, which represents the minority global population; however, countries with low-resource settings contribute more than 50% of the global cancer burden. Therefore, there is an urgent need to establish next-generation biorepositories in developing countries.

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We gratefully acknowledge Sangeeta Desai, in charge-Tumour Tissue Repository, Tata Memorial Centre, for valuable information about the tumour tissue repository. The glioma biomarker research was supported by the Department of Biotechnology, India grant (No. BT/PR14359/MED/30/916/2010 and BT/PR13562/MED/12/451/2010).

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Ray, S., Moiyadi, A. & Srivastava, S. Biorepositories for cancer research in developing countries. Nat Rev Clin Oncol 10, 434–436 (2013).

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