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Last Updated: 06/03/2016

Human Biospecimen Resources

  • NCI Cooperative Human Tissue Network (CHTN) External Link
    The CHTN is a resource that provides human malignant, benign, diseased, and normal biospecimens to the scientific community for research purposes. The CHTN is a prospective human biospecimen procurement resource funded by the NCI since 1987. These samples are available in a variety of preservation methods including fresh, frozen, paraffin embedded blocks, or histological slides.
  • NCI National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) Biospecimen Banks
    The purpose of the NCTN Banks resource is to maintain a publicly available supply of quality NCI Clinical Trials human biospecimens and to provide fair and open access to qualified investigators in the research community.
  • NCI Specimen Resource Locator (SRL)
    The SRL is a biospecimen resource database designed to help researchers locate samples needed for investigational use. This publicly searchable database includes information about biospecimen banks and sample procurement services. The specimens and samples come from non-commercial, either NCI or non-NCI-funded resources. The searchable database allows access to thousands of specimens of various tumor, organ, and preservation methods.
  • Additional NCI Biospecimen Resources