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...
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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...

351 Lymphoblastoid Cell Lines Added To NIA Aging Cell Repository At Coriell Institute

Hundreds of biological samples donated from individuals aged 90 years or older have been added to the National Institute on Aging’s (NIA) Aging Cell Repository, housed at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research. The samples, a total of 351 lymphoblastoid...

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...
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...

Four-Part Mendelspod Podcast Series On Human Biospecimen Quality And Regulations

Scientist.com has announced the completion of a four-part podcast series on human biological samples and biobanking. The four guests offered thoughtful insights and ideas from an academic, pharmaceutical and small business perspective. The episodes were hosted by, and are...

Biospecimen Quality in Clinical Research

Abstract Biospecimens form an integral part of many clinical research studies. The production of valid clinical data sets depends largely upon the quality of biospecimens utilized in the study. Annotations of biospecimens help unveil information related to disease prognosis, diagnosis,...

A2LA Accredits First Human Biobank to ISO 20387

April 3, 2020, Frederick, MD – A2LA is pleased to announce the accreditation of Forever Labs, located in Michigan, to ISO 20387:2018 for human biobanking activities. Forever Labs is the first human biobank in the United States to be...

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...

Biobanking Science: Storing Cells at Room Temperature

Cryopreservation is the gold standard method to store biospecimens in biobanking organizations. Cryopreservation usually involves flash freezing samples and storing them at ultra-low temperatures (-160°C to -190°C) to prevent chemical degradation. If biobanking scientists follow strict freezing...

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