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There are many types of biobanks including biobanks for plants, seeds, animal material and human tissues. Human biobanks tend to be population-based or focused on a specific disease. The most common biobanks in the human sphere tend to be cancer based.
Some collections date back decades. The Aboriginal genome, for instance, was sequenced from a lock of hair originally given to British ethnologist Alfred Cort Haddon in the 1920s. He crisscrossed the world gathering samples that are now housed at the University of Cambridge, UK.
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