In a virtual biobanking system, the biological samples are stored in a decentralized manner. A virtual biobanking system makes it possible for investigators to locate biospecimens more quickly and efficiently than contacting multiple biobanks. Especially during the early stages of a research project, such efficiency can be advantageous when determining the feasibility of proposed experiments.
As a result of the biobanks, researchers have been able to gather the samples they have needed to study, develop and treat COVID-19. The pandemic was indeed a significant challenge for the often underfunded biobanks; however, it presented opportunities for growth in many other areas of research going forward. Uploading the sample data to a virtual platform is an essential step in the collection process that is frequently overlooked. The data can be accessed quickly by researchers around the world using digital platforms, allowing researchers to locate them quickly.
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