What is the role of biobanks?
Biobanks (also known as biological resource centers) are entities responsible for the management of biological samples and their associated data. These structures can collect and preserve blood and its components in the form of samples inventory.
Blood diseases (or hemopathies) are pathologies affecting the components of the blood. They can be classified according to the components concerned: diseases affecting white blood cells (leukemia, leukopenia ...), red blood cells (anemia, polycythemia ...), platelets (thrombocytopenia, thrombocytosis ...) and finally plasma (disorders of hemostasis).
Samples from patients with these diseases are stored in biobanks in the form of whole blood, serum, plasma, DNA extraction and PBMC (peripheral blood mononuclear cell).
What are the advantages of using a biobank for specific blood sample needs?
Setting up a biological collection and preparing samples for a clinical project
Save time in the experimentation phase
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Setting up a collection of biological samples
After a biopsy, or other procedure to retrieve a human sample, a sample may be retained, with the patient's consent, for research purposes.
Storage of clinical samples
The samples, after collection, must be stored under certain conditions, depending on their type and shelf life, to allow for their viability.