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Recommendations by ISBER for Cryogenic Sample Storage & Biobanking

The International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) released an addendum to their Fourth Edition of ISBER Best Practices. The addendum, titled "Liquid...

The Cold Chain & Cold Storage Transport Tracking

The cold chain has been a topic that has been discussed recently in regards to the new vaccine from Pfizer. However, what exactly is...

The Development & Function of mRNA Vaccines

The new generation of mRNA vaccines has been a hot topic in the news lately. With so much discussion surrounding their rapid development and...

Vaccine Storage & Handling Best Practices

Pfizer’s recent announcement that they might have a functional vaccine has raised questions regarding how it will be distributed if/when approved. The storage and...

Insight into Cryopreservation: The Art of Freezing Life

Over the last two decades, the biodiversity of our planet has dramatically decreased. This loss in the variety of life can have serious consequences,...

Benefits of Sustainable Inventory Management

In July 2014, six vials of smallpox virus were discovered in an unsecured cold room on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, by an...

Preventing Sample Tampering With Tamper-Evident Labels

Tamper-evident labels are an easy and convenient way to deter sample tampering and are a great tool for biobanks, forensic labs, and medical clinics. Tampering...

Laboratory Cold Storage Temperature Guide

Labs invariably have a large variety of biological samples, reagents, and solutions that need to be properly stored, for the short or long-term. However,...

How to Re-Label Cryogenically Stored Legacy Vials

Implementing a new laboratory information management system (LIMS) isn’t a one-step process; it involves buy-in from the entire lab to reorganize inventory and workflow...

Biobanks – The Perfect Model for Managing Millions of Samples Error-Free

Over the last 10 years, biobanks have become a staple of biomedical research. The ability to accumulate, catalog, and dispense a variety of sample...

How to Avoid Errors in the ART/IVF Clinic

Errors are difficult to avoid completely, no matter where you work. However, these errors can be especially costly to an assisted reproductive technology/in vitro...

Labeling Cryo Straws for IVF Clinics

In vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics specialize in obtaining, storing, and culturing sperm and eggs from donors to generate live embryos. Because they handle large...

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