The Anatomy of a Refrigeration Failure: What Happens at 2:00 a.m. When Mission Critical...

Article contributed by Chris Wilkes, chief commercial officer at KLATU Networks, Inc. Ultralow temperature (ULT) freezers often contain high-value biopharmaceuticals and/or irreplaceable research. When you leave at the end of the day or for the weekend, you need confidence that...

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...
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....
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...
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,...
Biobanks can use slow freezing, rapid cooling or vitrification to cryopreserve and biobank mouse embryos.

Biobanking Science: Cryopreserving Mouse Embryos

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is one of the biggest suppliers of transgenic mice for biomedical research. JAX has a large biobank that cryopreserves and recovers thousands of different mouse strains. Biobanking mouse strains has many benefits for researchers. Biobanking...

How Safe Are Your Samples?

Plastic storage tubes are used in laboratories worldwide to store biological and chemical samples, the most typical resin used is Polypropylene. There are many types and grades of polypropylene that are selected either on cost, molding properties or specific...
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...
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...
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)....

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