Blogs about Sample Management

Featuring the latest trends in research, innovative techniques and new technology.

Biobanks, could you be unwittingly degrading your samples?

Avoiding sample degradation is essential to ensure the integrity of the research efforts that biobanks support. A constant freezer temperature is a crucial factor in ensuring sample quality since a warm storage environment, even for a short...

How could a coordinated ecosystem of specialist biobanks improve global research?

Biobanks have become an essential cornerstone of medical research - enabling drug discovery and development, supporting biomarker research and deepening our understanding of disease mechanisms. As we advance towards an era of personalized...

Sample integrity versus storage temperature. What can we learn from penguins?

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine addresses concerns about reproducibility and replicability in scientific research. Sitting near the top of the “food chain”, it is imperative that sample management...

How can automation overcome sample degradation in biobanking?

Biobank research is essential for advancing our knowledge of the genetic make-up of diseases and supports a future of more powerful, personalized medicine.  However, biobank research faces many challenges, including weak process links that...

The world’s first pig biobank

A recent edition of Nature discusses a repository at Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), Germany of pig samples from a genetically engineered pig model of diabetes (Abbott, A. (2015) Nature 519: 397-8). Samples from Boar 1339 were...