#99 Coriell Institute on Biobanking

03.01.2019 - By DNA Today: A Genetics Podcast

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Two leaders from the Coriell Institute for Medical Research join the show to discuss biobanking. Nahid Turan, Chief Laboratory Officer, and Alissa Resch, Chief Scientific Officer, lead separate aspects of the Institute scientific efforts.

Coriell is known for its impact in the world of biobanking. If you’ve ordered biological materials in the past for research, there’s a good chance you’ve ordered from them before. In its 65 year history, Coriell has partnered with many federal, private and nonprofit organizations, offering expertise in the collection, processing, storage and distribution of biological materials, and in the process built one of the most diverse and important collections of biomaterials in the world. It’s because of their collection that endeavors like the Human Genome Project were possible and that the science of personalized medicine thrives today.

On This Episode We Discuss:
Definition of Biobanking and Process
Sample Tissue and Species Types
Number of Samples
Disease Representation
Approach to Finding Specific Samples
Research Access and Shipment
Organizations, Institutions and Projects Supplied
Including the Human Genome Project and the 1,000 Genomes Project!
Managing Big Bio Data

To learn more about Coriell head over to their website, specifically their biobanking page. Stay updated with their latest news by following them on Twitter.

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