The Human Developmental Biology Resource (HDBR) is a Wellcome/MRC funded resource based at the Institute of Human Genetics, University of Newcastle and at the Institute of Child Health, London.
HDBR consists of an ongoing collection of human fetal material ranging from 4 to 14 weeks of development. Tissue samples are available to the international scientific community.
In addition, HDBR's House Gene Expression Service (IHGES) provides electronic images and interpretation of gene expression patterns. Any gene expression data that emerges from use of the HDBR material is added to their gene expression database.
A very successful collaboration between HDBR and BPAS was launched in 2009. Women attending for termination of pregnancy are given the opportunity to donate their fetal tissue to be used for research purposes.