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Malignant pleural mesothelioma causes the greatest societal burden of all the asbestos-related diseases. Progress in better understanding tumour biology will be facilitated by the availability of quality-assured annotated tissue. MesobanK has been created to establish a bioresource of pleural mesothelioma tissue linked to detailed anonymised clinical data. When complete, the bioresource will comprise a 750-patient tissue microarray and prospectively collected tissue, blood and pleural fluid from 300 patients with mesothelioma. Twenty-six new cell lines have also been developed. MesobanK meets all appropriate ethical and regulatory procedures and has recently opened to requests for tissue and data.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/thoraxjnl-2015-207496

Type

Journal article

Journal

Thorax

Publication Date

04/2016

Volume

71

Pages

380 - 382

Keywords

Asbestos Induced Lung Disease, Histology/Cytology, Mesothelioma, Pleural Disease, Biological Specimen Banks, Biomedical Research, Foundations, Humans, International Cooperation, Lung Neoplasms, Mesothelioma, Pleural Neoplasms, United Kingdom