Public Perceptions of Biobanks in China: A Focus Group Study
- Biopreservation and Biobanking
Author/s: -Chen, Haidan -Gottweis, Herbert -Starkbaum, Johannes
Journal: Biopreservation and Biobanking
During the past decade, biobanks have been the focus of broad attention due to their potential value for scientific research and public health. China has recently made a significant investment in biobank research. Public attitudes towards biobank issues such as consent and privacy are key factors in their development. A number of studies about the public perception of biobanks in Western countries have been conducted, but little is known about the public perception of biobanks in China. This study shows that the public perception of medical research (e.g., with biobanks) is undergoing fundamental transformation in China that is yet to be acknowledged by the public authorities.