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Biological Specimens

In most cases, restrictions apply to international shipping of biospecimens. These regulations and restrictions vary by region, country, and type of specimen. NCI has several free and open-source resources to annotate, store, and manage biospecimens and biomedical images.

NCI Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research (OBBR)
OBBR is responsible for developing a common biorepository infrastructure that promotes resource sharing and team science, in order to facilitate multi-institutional, high-throughput genomic and proteomic studies. OBBR is also a member of the Forum for International Biobanking Organisations (FIBO), an effort of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER).

This tool provides search functionality for both the biorepository staff and research scientist, who may be interested in searching for and requesting biospecimens for correlative science studies. This biorepository application for biospecimen inventory management, tracking, and annotation permits users to enter and retrieve data concerning the collection, storage, quality assurance, and distribution of biospecimens.

National Biomedical Imaging Archive (NBIA)
This searchable repository integrates in vivo cancer images with clinical and genomic data and provides the biomedical research community, industry, and academia with public access to DICOM images, image markup, annotations, and rich meta data.

The caArray microarray data management system supports annotation and exchange of array data. It also facilitates integration of array data with diverse data types including clinical, imaging, tissue, and other functional genomics data and connects to other caBIG® analytical tools like geWorkbench and GenePattern.

Bench-to-Bedside (caB2B)
This tool provides easy search and retrieval of microarray data (from caArray), imaging data (from the National Biomedical Imaging Archive), specimen data (from caTissue), and nanoparticle data (from caNanoLab) across the grid. The open-source, secure query tool permits translational research scientists to search and combine data from virtually any caGrid data service. Learn more about this and other caBIG® infrastructure resources.