Elucidation of the complete human DNA sequence and unprecedented breakthroughs in genomics, proteomics and bio-informatics will identify critical molecular targets that can be applied in cancer prevention, diagnosis and therapy. Translation of results of basic research into the clinic will be greatly enhanced by a supra-national European bank of human frozen tumour samples, linked with large clinical trials such as conducted in EORTC. This proposal plans a network of frozen tumour sample collections, processed and stored according to standardised protocols, in major European cancer centres and universities. The virtual tumour bank, a database containing digital microscopic images and coded-linked patient data, can be searched by the whole European scientific community. A European code of conduct will be developed for use of tissues based on the various legal and ethical regulations as well as incentives and rules for contributers.
Funding SchemeCON - Coordination of research actions
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