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Disease-Specific Biobanks: How Can a LIMS Help in Data Management?

Biobanks have a fundamental role to play in ensuring successful outcomes in clinical research by providing quality biosamples. They host donations of biological materials such as cells, DNA, and tissues . They also handle data that is related to...
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The Need for Patient-Pushed, Real-World Data on Neurodegenerative Diseases

Neurodegenerative diseases, is a collective term for a group of disorders characterized by the progressive neurodegeneration of brain cells, leading to dysfunction(s) and abnormal structure(s) in the central and/or peripheral nervous systems. One of the main causes of neurodegeneration...

Biobanks – A Platform for Modern Biomedical Research

Without biomedical research, medicine, as we know it, would be nothing more than a machine gun affair. In simpler words, biomedical research is the substratum that supports evidence-based medicine. Biomedical researchers study biological and pathological processes in order to...

How Biobanks Can Support Personalized Medicine

Biobanks should be an integral part of a comprehensive research platform, not exclusively viewed as a service provider or freezer farm managed with excel sheets. For biobanks to be be viewed as a contributing partner and one that can...
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...
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...

How the University of California Davis Pathology Biorepository Achieved CAP Accreditation with OpenSpecimen

Sponsored content brought to you by Research in precision medicine requires a continuous supply of high-quality biospecimens. But as the saying goes - “Garbage in garbage out”, meaningful conclusions from the studies can only be drawn when the researchers are...
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Dynamic Consent In Biobanking Using Dwarna – A Blockchain Solution

A research team with senior author Jean-Paul Ebejer from the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Biobanking at the University of Malta has created a blockchain solution for dynamic consent in biobanking called Dwarna. They published their solution in...

Take A Second Look – Variation In Some UK Biobank Genes May Not Be...

Recently it has been revealed that thousands of gene variants in the UK Biobank (UKB) exome data have been overlooked due to errors in sequence processing. Unfortunately, two independent UKB sequence processing pipelines contained errors that effect variant calling....

LIMS Evaluation Guide – 10 Pointers Ahead

The primary objective of a biobank is to provide efficient management of samples and their associated data and thus saving valuable time and effort of researchers. Samples without accurate and reliable data may yield insignificant outcomes and therefore, not...

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