Biobanking as a Newsletter – April 2021

Here is your monthly curated pick of biobanking news, jobs, and events from across the globe. We hope you will find this enriching and useful. Please do let us know your feedback on how we can improve this newsletter. Interviews and webinars We conducted very well-attended webinars with two of our favorite customers from across two […]

Need for the development of the microbiome biobanking infrastructure

The microbiome research field is rapidly evolving, but the required biobanking infrastructure is currently fragmented and not prepared for the biobanking of microbiomes. The rapid advancement of technologies requires an urgent assessment of how biobanks can underpin research by preserving microbiome samples and their functional potential. A team of scientists, led by CABI’s Dr. Matthew […]

Rapid establishment of a COVID-19 perinatal biorepository

The establishment of a COVID-19 biorepository of specimens from the maternal-neonatal dyad is a critical first step to answering questions about the impact of COVID-19 infection on the pregnant patient and the developing fetus. The key questions include, among others: How does pregnancy impact the immune response to COVID-19? What are the mechanisms underlying severe […]

Possible consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the use of biospecimens from cancer biobanks

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the risks associated with the collection and processing of human biospecimens with an unknown status for the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, whether for diagnostic, therapeutic, or research purposes. Biosamples from patients with cancer, which continue to be collected and stored in biobanks during the pandemic, are likely to be infected with SARS-CoV-2. For […]