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A hint for the biological specimens questions on the new submission form

When completing a new submission form in CLARA, you may encounter a question asking whether you will obtain biological specimens as part of the research. This question should be answered “yes” only if you will be obtaining the actual specimens, either directly from subjects, or from a secondary source, such as a pathology lab or a specimen repository. If you will only be looking at medical records to collect data regarding specimen analysis originally done for clinical purposes, and you will not use the specimens themselves, this question should be answered “no”. An accurate response here will help ensure CLARA guides you to the correct follow-up questions for your study.