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Biospecimen Quality Assessment and Standards Development Workshop

The NCI BBRB and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cosponsored a workshop on October 21-22, 2010 to discuss the vital need for biospecimen quality assessment metrics and standards. Working groups composed of participants with expertise in basic, clinical, and regulatory science held breakout discussions that centered on quality assessment for DNA, RNA, serum proteomics, and formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded tissue. Guidance from these working groups will form the basis for collaborative research between NCI and NIST to produce standards and reference materials for measuring biospecimen quality.

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