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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...

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...
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...
Pharmacogenetics helps dose patients

Biobanking Science: Pharmacogenetics Study from the Estonian Biobank

People with the same diagnosis may react very differently to a prescription medication. The same drug may cure one set of patients, cause toxic side effects in another group and have limited effects in a third group. For many...
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...
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a serious heart disease.

Biobanking Science: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is one of the most common inherited heart diseases, affecting 1:200 people (1). Patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy have thickened left ventricles which can lead to life-threatening complications such as arrhythmias, heart failure and sudden death (2). Hypertrophic...
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...
Driving linked to obesity

Biobanking Science: Driving Linked to Obesity

Eating unhealthy food, not exercising and being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes (1-4). These diseases have become worldwide epidemics, killing millions of people each year. The Obesity Epidemic Obesity has tripled...
chronic kidney disease patients may need transplant

Biobanking Science: Biobanks Tackle Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease is common. The prevalence of chronic kidney disease has rapidly increased over the past 20 years, and it now affects 13% of people around the world (1). Chronic kidney disease can be difficult to treat because...

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