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Month: January 2017

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Common Rule Update Says No Consent Needed for De-Identified Clinical Discards

January 25, 2017

Last week, as the outgoing Obama administration neared its final hours, they ruled on a pivotal decision affecting biomedical researchers – whether or not the Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) ‘Common Rule’, instituted in 1991, would be updated to require patient consent for the use of de-identified clinical discards in research. The decision […]

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Blood Donation

Fast Facts for National Blood Donor Month

January 17, 2017

Blood: we take it for granted until we see it or, heaven forbid, lose it. Millions — including cancer patients, organ recipients, and accident victims – count on blood being at the ready. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, according to the American Red Cross. Yet, only 10% of eligible individuals give […]

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Human Gut

January Specimen Spotlight: Exploring the ‘Gut-Brain Axis’

January 11, 2017

Got a gut feeling? It could be your biology. This month, we highlight an order of healthy, fresh intestinal tissue for a team of researchers studying what is known as the gut-brain axis. We are providing them with samples from the stomach, duodenum, colon, and other intestinal regions to study the intestinal microbiome, or the […]

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