Published: 10/04/2003, Volume II3, No. 5850 Page 10

Tumours removed from patients after surgery, which were previously destroyed, will now be collected and stored in a national 'tumour bank' in a joint initiative by the National Cancer Research Institute, the government, the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK and other cancer charities.The bank, to be known as the National Cancer Tissue Resource, will cost around£1m a year to run and will provide a focus for using tumours in research work.NCRI director Dr Liam O'Toole said that with recent developments in medicine, such as the human genome project, many new targets against cancer have been found, and new diagnostic tests and potential treatments invented, but these needed to be tested against a variety of real human cancers.The Welsh Assembly has also provided funding for a Welsh tumour bank.