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Intermittent dieting can help reverse obesity.

Biobanking Science: Treating Obesity With Intermittent Fasting

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Over 1.9 billion adults and 380 million children are now overweight or obese (1). These people are more likely to suffer from chronic life-threatening diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer (1)....
Biobanked plasma samples had stable IL6 and CRP levels

Biobanking Science: How Storage Affects Inflammatory Biomarkers

Biobanking storage conditions can affect long-term sample quality and integrity1. A number of biomarkers are particularly sensitive to storage temperature and can degrade even when biobanked at -80°C. Furthermore, researchers often struggle with variable results from assays run in...
Circulating microRNAs can be effective biomarkers.

Biobanking Science: MicroRNAs As Biomarkers

Scientists around the world are searching for reliable biomarkers to diagnose diseases and track disease progression and patients’ responses to treatment. There has been a lot of excitement about the potential for circulating microRNAs to be biomarkers for a...

Thousands of Undiagnosed Cases of Type 2 Diabetes Identified by Screening UK Biobank Blood...

A study of approximately 200,000 blood samples from the UK Biobank has identified more than 2,000 undiagnosed cases of type 2 diabetes. The study, presented at this year's Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes...
Precision medicine requires large amounts of data.

Biobanking Science: Patient Attitudes to Precision Medicine Studies

Governments and research organizations around the world are conducting large long-term precision medicine projects to understand how genetic and lifestyle factors cause disease. Longitudinal projects such as the UK Biobank and the Precision Medicine Initiative in the US collect...
Biobanks can use slow freezing, rapid cooling or vitrification to cryopreserve and biobank mouse embryos.

Biobanking Science: Cryopreserving Mouse Embryos

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is one of the biggest suppliers of transgenic mice for biomedical research. JAX has a large biobank that cryopreserves and recovers thousands of different mouse strains. Biobanking mouse strains has many benefits for researchers. Biobanking...
Traumatic brain injury can increase the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.

Biobanking Science: Biomarkers for Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury has been in the news lately because even mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, can increase the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease (1). Many parents have understandably been worried about their children suffering...

Infrastructure Needed for Biobanking the World’s Microbiomes

A team of scientists, led by CABI’s Dr Matthew Ryan, have outlined a series of challenges and opportunities presented in a necessary review of how microbiomes – biological communities including bacteria, archaea, fungi, algae, protists and viruses – can...

Biobanking Science: Can Antivirals Treat Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, affecting over 25 million people worldwide and costing more than US$400 billion a year (1). The number of Alzheimer’s patients is predicted to rise to over 60 million by 2050....

Biobanking Science: CRISPR Gene Editing to Treat Human Disease

This year has seen a flurry of good news about CRISPR gene editing clinical trials in human patients. CRISPR-Cas 9 is a gene editing tool capable of providing specific changes to genes in a wide range of animal models....

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