A Living Biobank Of Ovarian Cancer – A Model For Drug Discovery

Synthetic lethality is a circumstance in which a drug is selectively deadly to cancer cells due to the mutations and genetic changes that have occurred during oncogenesis and progression. Oftentimes a cancer will lose redundancy, that is it will jettison certain survival/...

New Trends in Biobanking Based on Main International Events in 2019

What were the most attractive biobanking ideas in 2019? ISBER (International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories) and ESBB (European, Middle Easter and African Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking) are the two biggest world leaders in the biobanking area. Every...

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...
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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....

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Living Coral Biobank

As coral reefs worldwide decline due to climate change, severe storm events and coral disease, Australian non-profit organisation GBR Legacy, with partners Corals of the World and Cairns Marine, will safeguard the biodiversity of all known hard coral species by creating the...

Biobanking Teeth Could Help To Forecast Mental Health Problems

Teeth could serve as an actionable new tool capable of measuring the presence and timing of childhood adversity, a major risk factor for psychiatric and physical health concerns in the future. The novel approach is outlined in a paper...

Finding The Right Balance – Return of Results to Biobank Participants

In the course of research based on a biobank population occasionally a condition may be revealed in a particular individual, which was not known before the study, and for which the study was not explicitly designed. This is known...

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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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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