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The Risks Of Microorganism Contamination In Embryo Biobanks

There exists a theoretical possibility of contamination of samples and embryos during liquid nitrogen storage. This risk is greatest for tubes that are submerged in liquid nitrogen rather than in the vapour phase. If viable microorganisms were...

Perspective On Cancer Biomarker Biobanks

Liquid biopsy is an area of immense opportunity for the early detection and screening of cancer. Suitable fluids include stool, blood, sputum, urine, and others. This is aided by emerging technology which can allow the measurement of...

A Biobank Cost Model: Shanghai Birth Cohort Study

The infrastructure required for biobanking is costly and often depends on government funds to some extent. Resources for establishing cost are available, such as the biospecimen user fee calculator tool developed by the Canadian Tissue Repository Network...

Observations On Recruitment For The Mayo Clinic Biobank

In order to draw generalizable conclusions, it is important that cohort studies represent the population of interest faithfully. Against this backdrop it has been noted that not all individuals are equally willing to participate in biobank related studies. Factors associated...

Cigarette Associated Cardiovascular Disease And Inflammation In The Guangzhou Biobank

Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death (one in five deaths) in the United States. It is also highly prevalent in China, and globally. Sadly, 90% of all lung cancer deaths can be attributed to smoking. It also...

A Living Biobank Of Ovarian Cancer – A Model For Drug Discovery

Synthetic lethality is a circumstance in which a drug is selectively deadly to cancer cells due to the mutations and genetic changes that have occurred during oncogenesis and progression. Oftentimes a cancer will lose redundancy, that is it will jettison...
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Dynamic Consent In Biobanking Using Dwarna – A Blockchain Solution

A research team with senior author Jean-Paul Ebejer from the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Biobanking at the University of Malta has created a blockchain solution for dynamic consent in biobanking called Dwarna. They published their...

Take A Second Look – Variation In Some UK Biobank Genes May Not Be...

Recently it has been revealed that thousands of gene variants in the UK Biobank (UKB) exome data have been overlooked due to errors in sequence processing. Unfortunately, two independent UKB sequence processing pipelines contained errors that effect...

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Living Coral Biobank

As coral reefs worldwide decline due to climate change, severe storm events and coral disease, Australian non-profit organisation GBR Legacy, with partners Corals of the World and Cairns Marine, will safeguard the biodiversity of all known hard coral species by...

Biobanking Teeth Could Help To Forecast Mental Health Problems

Teeth could serve as an actionable new tool capable of measuring the presence and timing of childhood adversity, a major risk factor for psychiatric and physical health concerns in the future. The novel approach is outlined in...

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