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  • Posted: 12/29/2009

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Proper biospecimen handling is the first essential element in the drive toward personalized medicine for cancer. The molecular changes trapped in cancer biospecimens provide insightful clues about what went wrong in a patient's cells. It is critically important to understand how to collect cancer biospecimens properly, so that the information obtained from analyses, using approaches such as genome-wide profiling, are correct and not artifacts of mishandling.

Intro-Graphic shows a gloved hand carefully placing a tumor sample in a sterile storage vial.