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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...

The Pharma Proteomics Project: UK Biobank Collaborating with Biopharma Consortium to Study Plasma Proteome

UK Biobank, one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive biomedical databases and research resources, announced that a consortium of ten biopharmaceutical companies. According to UK Biobank, the Pharma Proteomics Project will be one of the world’s largest studies...
The Brainstorm Consortium has analyzed data from over 1 million people.

Biobanking Science: Brainstorm Consortium Finds Genetic Link for Brain Diseases

One of the major benefits of biobanking is the ability to safely collect and store large numbers of biological samples. This allows researchers to generate large datasets to study the genetic cause of various diseases. The Brainstorm Consortium uses...
H3Africa biobanks and studies.

Biobanking Science: Lessons from African Biobanks

With the recent advances in genomic sequencing, proteomics and precision medicine, biobanks are becoming more prevalent around the world. So are large-scale population studies such as the UK Biobank. H3Africa Project and Biobanks The Human, Hereditary and Health in Africa (H3Africa)...
Biobanking can cause significant freezing and thawing stress to cells.

Biobanking Science: New Non-Toxic Cryoprotectant Solutions

Cell therapy is a rapidly growing field that uses live cells to treat patients. This presents unique biobanking challenges because, unlike traditional pharmaceutical products, cells must be alive and functional to be effective therapeutics. Unless cell therapy cells are...
Cancer biobanks aid research

Biobanking Science: Cancer Biobanks

Cancer is major cause of death worldwide and mortality levels remain high despite the development of new therapeutics and other cancer treatments. Cancer biobanks are an integral part of the fight against cancer because they facilitate research into new...
Biobanks store blood products.

Biobanking Science: Maximizing Red Blood Cell Life in Biobanks

Blood transfusions are a common part of modern medicine and have been used to save human patients for 200 years. Biobanks play an integral part in this process by collecting and storing units of blood from blood donors. According...

The Taiwan Biobank Provides Insights into the Health and History of Han Chinese Subjects

Over the last two decades, several large, population-based biobanks have been set up to collect blood and other biospecimens along with a standard set of clinical data  in order to study genetic basis of several disorders. A common focus...
Biobanks can isolate macromolecules from paraffin-embedded tissues.

Biobanking Science: Mining Paraffin-Embedded Samples for DNA, RNA and Protein

Biobanks may choose to store biological samples as formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) blocks. FFPE preservation is the standard method of collecting and storing surgical pathology samples. This biobanking method preserves tissue morphology at room temperature for many years and is...
VUMC’s BioVU DNA Biobank

World’s Largest DNA Biobank Reaches Milestone to Store More than 300,000 Samples

BioVU, Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s biobank, has reached another milestone — deep-freeze storage of more than 300,000 biological samples. Launched in 2007, BioVU is the world’s largest DNA biobank based at a single academic institution. The samples, which are linked...

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