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Copenhagen cloudburst jeopardizes cancer biobank

Torrential downpours in Copenhagen on 2 July destroyed tissue samples at one of the country's main biobanks. The rain, which caused the cellars of the Danish Cancer Society's biobank facility to flood, destroyed many cell lines with potentially dire consequences for Danish cancer research.

“We don’t have an overview as yet, but under the worst case scenario the cell lines will need to be restored. Some can be brought in from abroad, because they are shared with other researchers, but with the rest the researchers must start from scratch and that would take up to six months,” said Jørgen H. Olsen, research director at the society, in a statement published on 7 July.