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Connecting the public with biobank research: reciprocity matters


To ensure that biobanks reach their full potential, better engagement of the public is needed. The authors argue that the principle of reciprocity should be at the core of these efforts.

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H.G. was supported by grants from the Austrian Genome Project (GEN-AU) for the projects GATiB (Genome Austrian Tissue Bank) and PrivatGen and by the European Union Programme for Research and Development (FP 7) project Biobanking and Biomolecular Research Infrastructure (BBMRI) and by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (NRF-2010-330-B00169). G.G. was funded by the Sensitive Technologies and European Public Ethics (STEPE) funded project and the Science in Society Programme of the European Commission's FP7.

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Gottweis, H., Gaskell, G. & Starkbaum, J. Connecting the public with biobank research: reciprocity matters. Nat Rev Genet 12, 738–739 (2011).

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