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,...
ultra-fast vitrification

Biobanking Science: High-Speed Freezing Protects Tumor Cell Quality

Biobanks around the world store many different types of biological samples. Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are commonly stored in biobanks as these cells can be used to diagnose cancer in patients and to monitor disease progression. CTCs break off...
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...

A Biobank Cost Model: Shanghai Birth Cohort Study

The infrastructure required for biobanking is costly and often depends on government funds to some extent. Resources for establishing cost are available, such as the biospecimen user fee calculator tool developed by the Canadian Tissue Repository Network (CTRNet). The...
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....

BioLife Solutions Expands The Product Line By Acquiring Custom Biogenic Systems

BioLife Solutions, Inc., a leading developer and supplier of a portfolio of best-in-class bioproduction tools for cell and gene therapies, today announced the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Custom Biogenic Systems, Inc. ("CBS"), a privately held company. BioLife Solutions, founded...
Biobanked plasma samples had stable IL6 and CRP levels

Biobanking Science: How Storage Affects Inflammatory Biomarkers

Biobanking storage conditions can affect long-term sample quality and integrity1. A number of biomarkers are particularly sensitive to storage temperature and can degrade even when biobanked at -80°C. Furthermore, researchers often struggle with variable results from assays run in...

Webinar: Breakthrough Labeling Technologies for Biobanks

About This Webinar We were honored to present this webinar at the 2020 European Biobanking Week (EBW) conference. It covers the basics of cryogenic identification requirements for biobanks and biorepositories. It also highlights the current selection of cryo label solutions...

Sample Processing Has Important Consequences For Single Cell Sequencing Studies

Single-cell transcriptomics is a relatively new technology that reads and reports the gene expression profile of individual cells by simultaneously measuring the mRNA concentration of all the cell’s genes. This is achieved through microfluidic chip single cell isolation, barcoding, cDNA amplification and sequencing....

New Technology Allowing Room Temperature Storage Of A Vaccine, Developed At University Of Bath

Scientists working on a new tuberculosis (TB) vaccine have achieved a major step forward by showing that a promising TB antigen and a novel vaccine adjuvant can be protected from heat damage with a technique, “ensilication”, developed at the...

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