Genital and urinary diseases
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 biological samples of urinary and reproductive system of patients in the form of samples inventory.
Urogenital disorders affect the reproductive and urinary systems (urogenital system). Some are chronic and others temporary. They may vary in severity and affect women and men differently.
Urologic diseases or conditions affect the urinary tract, kidneys, bladder and prostate, which may lead to urinary tract infections, kidney stones, bladder control problems, cancer, among others.
Genital diseases affect the reproductive system such as sexually transmitted diseases (STD), cancers, chronic diseases (endometriosis), aspermia. They can lead to infertility and intense pain in the affected patient.
Biobanks store and collect biological samples from patients with urogenital pathologies. Some of them are made available for research: nucleic acid extractions, tissue and organ blocks, blood and its derivatives, urine etc.
What are the advantages of using a biobank for urological and genital disease 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.