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Biobanks can comply with regulatory requirements by following ISBER Best Practices.

Biobanking Science: ISBER Best Practices for Biobanks

Biobanks face the challenge of storing and handling many different types of biological samples. Unlike chemicals, biological samples are living. Therefore, it is much more difficult for biobanks to retain the normal structure and function of biological samples throughout...
Biobanking professionals should be aware of leached compounds from plastic consumables.

Biobanking Science: Plastic Tubes Can Contaminate Biobanked Samples

Plastics Can Cause Experimental Errors in Biobanks Biobanks and laboratories use an array of plastic consumables such as pipette tips, sample storage tubes and cell culture flasks. Plastic consumables are convenient, cost-effective and can be sterile, DNase and RNase free....
UK Biobank quantifies DNA

Biobanking Science: UK Biobank Compares DNA Quantification Methods

UK Biobank is a major resource for health researchers around the world. UK Biobank collects and stores health, genetic and lifestyle data on 500,000 participants, with the goal of finding treatments and cures for age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s,...
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)...

The Importance of Monitoring Biobanking Laboratory Storage

Sponsored content by Challenges with Storage for Biobanking The storage of highly sensitive materials is an important area to consider for Blood Banks, Tissue Banks, and Biobanks. There are many variables and parameters that must be diligently controlled and monitored at...

Biobanking Science: Using FTA Cards to Preserve Nucleic Acids

Biobanking organizations may use a range of different methods to preserve biological samples including cryopreservation, fixation and paraffin-embedding and FTA cards. Biobanking Samples by Cryopreservation Cryopreservation remains the gold standard for long-term biobanking because this method maintains the integrity and biological...
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...

Biobanking Knowledge and Practical Skills Delivered Through E-learning-based Master’s Program

Article contributed by Gabriele Hartl, Christine Mitchell, Tanja Macheiner, Brigitte Jaksa, Berthold Huppertz and Karine Sargsyan, at Medical University of Graz. Background With the development of modern biobanks, the need for multidisciplinary and qualified personnel has increased. Working in such an environment...
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)....
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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