Biobanking

The practical¬†Biobanking¬†is about linking databases. Your blood type, abnormalities in your DNA or the results of an allergy test at the physician; these are all examples of biological data which can be stored in databases. These databases can come in handy for several purposes: a blood transfusion is quicker and more successful if the hospital workers know the patient’s blood type, and disease diagnoses based on DNA research can even be performed when the patient is abroad.
In forensic databases, DNA profiles are linked to crimes, so that the offender can be found quickly. Many people approve of storing this kind of information in databases, coupling nature to nurture. But when it concerns medical databases, a lot of discussion arises. Using the body mass index, it is easy to measure which people are prone to develop obesity. The Albert Heijn supermarkets can keep track of the nutritional habits of its customers. Linking these data can show a relation, which can be useful for health care insurance companies.
What are the consequences of biobanking? What can happen with the data stored in all the databases? Students will get a short introduction on biobanking and the possibilities it brings. Step by step, discussing statements, they are guided in developing an opinion on the subject.

For the teachers guide, you can email:onderwijs@nbic.nl.

 

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