Precision medicine requires large amounts of data.

Biobanking Science: Patient Attitudes to Precision Medicine Studies

Governments and research organizations around the world are conducting large long-term precision medicine projects to understand how genetic and lifestyle factors cause disease. Longitudinal projects such as the UK Biobank and the Precision Medicine Initiative in the US collect...
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...

Biobanking Consent: Informing Human Subjects of the Possibilities

As researchers, we are familiar with why we have the need for biobanking regulations due to the story of Henrietta Lacks. HeLa cells survived in vitro more than 60 years ago and are still contributing to medical science advancements.1...
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...
Chemosensitizers may help fight antibiotic resistance.

Biobanking Science: Tackling Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance is a major health issue. More than 700,000 people around the world die from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections every year—23,000 of those are in the United States (1). If we don’t find a solution, the number of deaths...
The Brainstorm Consortium has analyzed data from over 1 million people.

Biobanking Science: Brainstorm Consortium Finds Genetic Link for Brain Diseases

One of the major benefits of biobanking is the ability to safely collect and store large numbers of biological samples. This allows researchers to generate large datasets to study the genetic cause of various diseases. The Brainstorm Consortium uses...
UK Biobank data used to study chronic diseases.

Biobanking Science: Disease Patterns in UK Biobank Data

The UK Biobank is one of the biggest biobanking projects in the world with samples and data from over 500,000 participants aged 40 to 69 years. UK Biobank participants allow doctors to take repeat physiological measurements such as blood...
Circulating microRNAs can be effective biomarkers.

Biobanking Science: MicroRNAs As Biomarkers

Scientists around the world are searching for reliable biomarkers to diagnose diseases and track disease progression and patients’ responses to treatment. There has been a lot of excitement about the potential for circulating microRNAs to be biomarkers for a...

Importance of LIMS for Biobanks

Any entity that stores biological samples can be called a Biobank. However, the term ‘Biobank’ is most commonly used for entities that store biological specimens on a large scaleto provide them as a service for internal or external entities...

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...

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