What is the role of biobanks?
Biobanks (also known as biological resource centers) are entities responsible for the management of biological samples specimen and their associated data. These structures can collect and preserve biological samples from patients with digestive diseases in the form of samples inventory.
Digestive diseases touch the digestive tract (esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum) and the accessory organs of digestion (liver, pancreas, salivary glands, gallbladder), impacting the gastrointestinal system. They are the leading cause of hospitalization in France.
Digestive system pathologies are numerous such as stomach and liver cancers, hepatitis, inflammatory diseases (colitis and Crohn's disease), alcohol-related liver diseases etc.
Infectious agents, the patient's age and lifestyle (precariousness, alcohol, tobacco, drug addiction, diet, stress etc.) are factors that influence the development of gastrointestinal pathology.
Biobanks store and collect biological samples from patients with gastrointestinal disorders. Some of them are made available for research: nucleic acid extractions, tissue and organ blocks, blood and its derivatives etc.
What are the advantages of using a biobank for digestive disorder 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.