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The Biobanking Analysis Resource Catalogue (BARCdb): a new research tool for the analysis of biobank samples.

Author:
  • Joakim Galli
  • Johan Oelrich
  • Michael J Taussig
  • Ulrika Andreasson
  • Eva Ortega-Paino
  • Ulf Landegren
Publishing year: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 1158-1162
Publication/Series: Nucleic Acids Research
Volume: 43
Issue: D1
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract english

We report the development of a new database of technology services and products for analysis of biobank samples in biomedical research. BARCdb, the Biobanking Analysis Resource Catalogue (http://www.barcdb.org), is a freely available web resource, listing expertise and molecular resource capabilities of research centres and biotechnology companies. The database is designed for researchers who require information on how to make best use of valuable biospecimens from biobanks and other sample collections, focusing on the choice of analytical techniques and the demands they make on the type of samples, pre-analytical sample preparation and amounts needed. BARCdb has been developed as part of the Swedish biobanking infrastructure (BBMRI.se), but now welcomes submissions from service providers throughout Europe. BARCdb can help match resource providers with potential users, stimulating transnational collaborations and ensuring compatibility of results from different labs. It can promote a more optimal use of European resources in general, both with respect to standard and more experimental technologies, as well as for valuable biobank samples. This article describes how information on service and reagent providers of relevant technologies is made available on BARCdb, and how this resource may contribute to strengthening biomedical research in academia and in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Keywords

  • Immunology in the medical area

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Published
  • ISSN: 1362-4962
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