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....
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...
ISBER Best Practices Recommendations for Biobanks

ISBER Best Practices Recommendations for Biobanks and Biorepositories

Does Your Biorepository Follow ISBER Best Practices Recommendations? Biorepositories provide essential support to biomedical researchers by collecting, processing, storing and distributing millions of biospecimens every year. Biorepository staff must navigate complex international regulatory rules governing the use of biospecimens and...
HIV-1 stable in biobanked plasma samples.

Biobanking Science: HIV RNA Stable at -80°C in Biobanks

Biobanks facilitate research by collecting, storing and sharing samples. One of the major concerns that biobanks face is how to best maintain sample quality over long time periods. The AIDS Clinical Trial Group (ACTG) is one of biggest groups...

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...
Safety Strategies for Biobanks

Safety for Biobanks: Strategies for Safe COVID-19 Specimens Handling

The COVID-19 pandemic has spread to almost every country around the world. In less than 4 months, this new disease has affected more than 1,800,000 people and caused almost 120,000 deaths. There are no effective treatments or vaccines for...
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...
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,...
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)...

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