Diseases of the respiratory system
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 respiratory disease sample of patients in the form of samples inventory.
Respiratory diseases can affect the entire respiratory system: the lungs and respiratory tract.
These pathologies are numerous and can be acute (rhinopharyngitis, angina, pneumonia, bronchitis, allergic bronchopulmonary mycosis (ABPM) etc.) as well as chronic (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), respiratory allergies, airway tumors etc.).
Air quality greatly affects the chances of contracting a lung infection, such as air pollution and inhalation of harmful particles (asbestos and silica) on a long term-basis.
Biobanks collect and store biological samples from patients with respiratory diseases. The samples may be nucleic acid extraction, tissue blocks and organs, blood and its derivatives.
What are the advantages of using a biobank for respiratory system 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.