In 2010, the Joint Pathology Center within the U.S. Department of Defense assumed responsibility for a biorepository with more than 7 million tissue samples and related medical information collected from individuals as far back as the Civil War. The biorepository has been used for many years to explore a host of clinical and public health questions, including the sequence of the deadly 1918 flu virus. Future Uses of the Department of Defense Joint Pathology Center Biorepository, a new report from the Institute of Medicine, offers guidance to DOD on maintaining and managing the collection and determining appropriate uses of its samples in research, education, and consultations.
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