Biobanking

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Understanding what factors contribute to variations in quantity of DNA purified from FFPE materials

QIAGEN recently presented a webinar exploring what factors contribute to variations in quantity of DNA purified from FFPE material. As noted in “Top 5 considerations for preparing and archiving FFPE samples,” FFPE is a standard method for long-term preservation of DNA in tissue biopsies. It’s critical to understand how to overcome the challenges that this sample type presents in order… Read article →


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Cryopreservation as a method for long-term sample storage

Cryopreservation (cryogenic preservation) is “the storage of cells, tissues and organs following appropriate ‘preparatory’ procedures at the ultra-low temperature of liquid nitrogen (–196°C).” (1) This form of preservation is ideal for biobanking because these cold temperatures slow chemical and physical reactions of the biomolecules and biospecimens and stop the samples from degrading. Liquid nitrogen biobanks… Read article →


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The 12 SOPs every biobank should have

High-quality biobanked samples closely resemble the biospecimen prior to extraction, with minimal modification due to collection or storage conditions. Establishment of standard operating procedures (SOPs) is crucial to avoid introducing variables into your research samples during storage and maintain the high quality required for reliable results. According to current recommendations, there are 12 SOPs that… Read article →



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Remarks from HandsOn: Biobanks

I recently had the pleasure of attending the 4th HandsOn: Biobanks meeting, held from July 29–31 in Milan, Italy. The conference featured several experts discussing the value of clinical biobanks and the relevance of personalized medicine. People attended from all over the world, including representatives from academia, industry and patients groups, medical doctors, policy makers,… Read article →