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Has the biobank bubble burst? Withstanding the challenges for sustainable biobanking in the digital era

  • Don Chalmers1Email author,
  • Dianne Nicol1,
  • Jane Kaye2,
  • Jessica Bell2,
  • Alastair V. Campbell3,
  • Calvin W. L. Ho3,
  • Kazuto Kato4,
  • Jusaku Minari4,
  • Chih-hsing Ho8,
  • Colin Mitchell2,
  • Fruzsina Molnár-Gábor5,
  • Margaret Otlowski1,
  • Daniel Thiel6,
  • Stephanie M. Fullerton7 and
  • Tess Whitton1
BMC Medical EthicsBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201617:39

Received: 23 December 2015

Accepted: 14 June 2016

Published: 12 July 2016

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Original Submission
23 Dec 2015 Submitted Original manuscript
17 Feb 2016 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Aaron Goldenberg
23 Mar 2016 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Nanibaa' Garrison
3 May 2016 Author responded Author comments - Don Chalmers
Resubmission - Version 2
3 May 2016 Submitted Manuscript version 2
9 Jun 2016 Author responded Author comments - Don Chalmers
Resubmission - Version 3
9 Jun 2016 Submitted Manuscript version 3
14 Jun 2016 Editorially accepted
12 Jul 2016 Article published 10.1186/s12910-016-0124-2

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Authors’ Affiliations

Centre for Law and Genetics, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia
Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX), Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Centre for Biomedical Ethics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
Department of Biomedical Ethics and Public Policy, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Heidelberg, Germany
Department of Health, Management and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Department of Bioethics and Humanities, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan