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Seed Banks & the Evolution of Selective Plant Breeding

Plant breeding practices go back to the beginning of sedentary agriculture, dating back 9000 to 11000 years. As long as we have grown crops,...

7 Factors to Consider when Implementing Biobank LIMS Software

Biobanks must store high-quality biospecimen collected from sick and healthy donors, along with their associated clinical data such as demographic information, personal medical history,...

Defining Smart Labels & Tags for Identification

The advancements in technology have affected every industry, including the identification industry, which has led to the development of “smart” labels and tags. Smart...

How Automation Impacts Every Step of the Biobanking Process

With ever-increasing demand, biobanks are turning to automation to help maintain sample integrity and to uphold their demanding standards of specimen tracking. Automation can...

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...

COVID-19 and the Rise of Automation

Hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 samples which need to be tracked, tested, and recorded, are generated daily. This phenomenon has propelled a new wave...

The History of RFID

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) has been around for over 80 years and has evolved into one of the most powerful technologies available for sample tracking...

How Scientists are Tackling the Problem of K-Ras in Cancer

K-Ras belongs to the family of RAS genes whose gene products comprise some of the most important signaling modulators in cancer cells. It governs the...

The History of Cervical Cancer Screening

Though cervical cancer has likely existed for far longer, its official discovery occurred as recently as 1886, when Sir John Williams described a lesion...

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Biospecimen Labeling & How it Will Help Your Lab Effectively Track Data

Proper biospecimen labeling in biorepositories, biobanking, or research labs is critical, especially when conducting clinical studies that link clinical data to biospecimen analysis. Confusing,...

The History & Rise of Cancer Diagnostics

Cancer represents a major cause of death and an important barrier to increasing life expectancy in every country of the world. The earlier it...

Reading Between the Lines: The Ins & Outs of Barcode Grading

Updated in 2016, the international standard for barcode quality ensures that barcodes used by manufacturers and their customers meet rigorous testing criteria. So, how...

Using Specimen Tracking Systems in Histology/Pathology to Improve Efficiency

Pathology and histology labs process a large volume of specimens on a daily basis. These specimens need to be properly identified to ensure patients...