What is a biobank?
It’s a store of human biological samples – like blood, saliva and urine. Donor information is stored too, to help scientists find patterns and learn more about diseases and treatments.
What's researched in biobanks?
Why don’t treatments work for everyone? How do our genes, lifestyles and where we live affect our chances of getting ill? Donate to a biobank, and you’ll help researchers explore the biggest challenges in medical science.
How are body tissues and information stored?
Different tissues are stored differently, but the aim is always to preserve them safely until they are analysed by scientists. And donors’ names aren’t stored, so researchers don’t know peoples’ identities.