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A webinar with Dr. Jo Vandesompele – Expanding the dynamic range of microRNA expression

In 2014, an ambitious microRNA technology study was published in Nature Methods. This study evaluated the existing microRNA platforms on the market for their technical performance. The authors, including first author Pieter Mestdagh and corresponding author Jo Vandesompele of Ghent University and Biogazelle, found small differences between the qPCR technologies, but concluded that from this purely technical perspective, there was no… 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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Global survey on single cell analysis launched

Are you working with single cells? Find out what your fellow scientists are doing in this area by completing the global single cell analysis survey. If you’d like to receive a summary of the results, just complete the contact information section and you’ll get the summary in about 3 weeks. Take the survey!



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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 →