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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...

Water On The Brain: A Biobank Of Failed Shunt Devices

Hydrocephalus, otherwise known as water on the brain, is a condition where cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) accumulates within the brain. Hydrocephalus that occurs in childhood has a frequency of about 1 person in 1100 within the USA. The surgical placement...

A Prototype Sample Locator For The German Biobank Alliance

As of 2020, the German Biobank Alliance (GBA) consists of 20 biobanks distributed across the country. The GBA is coordinated by the German Biobank Node (GBN) organization. Researchers wishing to access biosamples within the GBA biobanks currently directly contact...

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 present in...

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 metabolites in...

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...

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 with willingness...

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 causes 80%...

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 certain survival/...
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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 solution in...

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