COVID-19 biobank opens at Columbia University

A COVID-19 biobank opened at Columbia University to collect, process, store and disseminate specimens and health data for researchers.
Columbia University says the purpose of the biobank is to create a research resource with biological samples, such as blood and urine, along with health records to help researchers better understand, treat and even prevent diseases in the general population.
The COVID-19 Biobank at Columbia began collecting samples in March from patients.
All patients who were tested for COVID-19 at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork Presbyterian will be contacted by phone or email and asked to enroll in the CUB by signing a consent form and completing a survey.
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