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2010-09-02 10:54:46

To study psoriatic disease, University of Michigan scientists receive first 1,250 samples Millions of Americans struggling with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are one step closer to a cure with the release of the first National Psoriasis Victor Henschel BioBank DNA samples for use in research at the University of Michigan Health System; research that hopes to uncover the unknowns about the genetics of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. A disabling and disfiguring disease of the immune...

2010-09-01 13:38:00

University of Michigan scientists receive first 1,250 research samples PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Millions of Americans struggling with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are one step closer to a cure with the first-ever release of National Psoriasis Victor Henschel BioBank DNA samples for use in psoriasis research. The samples will allow scientists to uncover the unknowns about the genetics of psoriatic disease and its causes. James T. Elder, M.D., Ph.D.,...

2009-10-07 08:25:28

Kids' right-to-privacy for their genetic material needs better protection, says Tel Aviv University researcher Scientists look for clues about therapies and cures for life-threatening childhood illnesses in children's DNA "” it seems only logical to do so. But the decision as to who should have access to DNA samples from children provides a unique ethical conundrum, says a Tel Aviv University researcher in a recent publication for the esteemed journal Science, co-authored by...

2009-05-27 09:22:24

The unique material that exists in Europe's, and above all the Nordic countries' and Sweden's, biobanks is a goldmine for research. To put them to their best possible use, this information will now be coordinated, as will the ethical and technical guidelines regarding the use of the biobanks. "If someone wanted to make comparisons across studies from different countries, or amalgamate studies to attain a really enormous database, it's important for analyses to be carried out in the same...

2009-04-22 08:13:00

Human Tissue Collection and Specimen Management Provide Focus MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- World BioBank(TM), founded by the physician partners of Accelerated Community Oncology Research Network, Inc. (ACORN) and based in Memphis, TN (USA), has begun acquiring human tissue samples for scientific research. In addition to tissue collection, World BioBank supports biomarker storage in conjunction with clinical trial operations and provides biomarker consultation services. Specimen...

2009-02-12 09:59:31

Future medical research will focus increasingly on electronic data, with less need both for laboratory animals and tissue samples. This long term trend emerged at a recent conference on biobanking organized by the European Science Foundation (ESF), which dealt with the challenges posed by the growing scale and complexity of research in the life sciences. But in the more immediate future biological specimens will be required in ever greater quantities, with higher quality, for a wide variety...

2009-02-03 10:55:00

A variation in the gene FOXO3A has a positive effect on the life expectancy of humans, and is found much more often in people living to 100 and beyond "“ moreover, this appears to be true worldwide. A research group in the Faculty of Medicine at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel (CAU) has now confirmed this assumption by comparing DNA samples taken from 388 German centenarians with those from 731 younger people. The results of the study appear this week in the prestigious...

2008-09-19 12:00:35

Interleukin Genetics, which develops preventive consumer products and genetic tests, and Geisinger Health System, an integrated health services organization, have announced a research collaboration to explore the role of genetics in obesity. The goal of the collaboration is to develop a series of genetic tests that will help physicians better understand an individual's inherited resistance to weight loss and, more specifically, gauge a patient's likelihood of success with diet and other...

2008-08-18 00:00:21

KOTA KINABALU: A biodiversity bank, the first of its kind in Asia, has been set up to raise funds to protect and conserve the biodiversity-rich 34,000ha Malua Forest Reserves in the east coast of Sabah. Called the Malua Wildlife Habitat Conservation Bank, or Malua BioBank, it will be jointly managed by New Forests, an international environmental investment management and advisory services firm, and the state government, through its agency, Sabah Foundation. The agreement for the...

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2008-05-13 00:05:00

A cold-weather robot designed to care for frozen biological samples is one of four finalists in the running for the annual MacRobert award. The prize, awarded by Britain's Royal Academy of Engineering, recognizes engineering and technological innovation. The sub-zero robot, called the Polar system, is already used at Britain's Biobank, a major medical research facility. Designed by the Automation Partnership, the system will guard 10 million human blood and fluid samples at -80C for 25...