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: 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...
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...
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...
metabolomics needs biobanks

Biobanking Science: Metabolomics Biobanks

Metabolomics, an important part of precision medicine, is the study of different metabolites in normal and disease states. Collecting, processing and storing samples for metabolomics studies presents unique challenges for biobanks. Metabolites are small (low molecular weight) and unstable molecules....
Embalming can preserve large biospecimens.

Biobanking Science: Preserving Large Biospecimens

Biobanks store many different types of biospecimens, ranging from cells and small tissue samples right through to whole organs, whole limbs or even whole bodies. Cells and small biospecimens can be flash frozen in cryoprotectant solutions and stored in...
Lab-grown liver organoids

Biobanking Science: Growing Liver Organoids From Tumor Biopsies

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common form of liver cancer and causes over 700,000 deaths each year (1). The number of HCC cases has dramatically risen over the past two decades due to an increase in infectious hepatitis,...
Biorepositories store brains.

Biobanking Science: Managing Brain Biorepositories

Brain biorepositories such as the NeuroBioBank in the US, the BrainNet Europe consortium and the SIREN biobanks in Africa support research into brain diseases by providing valuable biospecimens. Biorepositories must follow best practices to maintain the quality of biobanked...
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)...
Liquid nitrogen free sperm biobanking

Biobanking Science: Biobank Sperm Without Liquid Nitrogen

With gene editing technology such as CRISPR, it is becoming quicker and easier to generate disease models for medical research. Researchers around the world use tens of thousands of different mouse lines. Research institutions can save money and reduce...

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