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How Do People In Nashville React To The Biobank Consent Process?

Gathering informed consent from participants is a pillar of biobanking. As ambitious biobanking projects such as All of US and UK biobank proliferate and become ever larger, the benefits and the potential risks for participants also grow. It is...

SARS-CoV-2 Detected In French Biobank Sample Collected In Late 2019

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease pandemic that has swept across the world, causing over 282,495 deaths (May 10, 2020). Patients most commonly present at hospitals with influenza-like illness (ILI). The causative agent of COVID-19, the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, has no...

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 (CTRNet). The...
Biobanking and colorectal cancer tissues

Biobanking Science: Biobanking Samples for Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer, affecting 1.8 million new patients and causing 862,000 deaths every year (1). Studies show that eating processed or red meat and drinking alcohol may increase the risk for colorectal cancer (2)....
CSF Biomarkers may help diagnose patients with neurological diseases

Biobanking Science: CSF Biomarkers for Neurological Diseases

Biobanks can help in the search for biomarkers to diagnose brain diseases. Neurological diseases can be difficult to diagnose as they may have overlapping symptoms. Furthermore, there are currently no diagnostic tests for diseases such as Amylotrophic lateral sclerosis...

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....

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: Storing Cells at Room Temperature

Cryopreservation is the gold standard method to store biospecimens in biobanking organizations. Cryopreservation usually involves flash freezing samples and storing them at ultra-low temperatures (-160°C to -190°C) to prevent chemical degradation. If biobanking scientists follow strict freezing and thawing...
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)....
Coral larvae can be stored in biobanks.

Biobanking Science: Biobanks Could Help Save Coral Reefs

Biobanks provide vital support to a diverse range of research including biomedical, agricultural and conservation research. A recent study published in Scientific Reports shows how biobanks can help tackle the billion dollar problem of coral bleaching. Biobanks Safeguard Against Coral...

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