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CRISPR-Edited Stem Cells Yield Impressive Early Results

December 12, 2019

Two patients with serious conditions have shown remarkable results after receiving cutting-edge treatment using CRISPR, the revolutionary gene-editing tool, to alter blood-producing stem cells.

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Specimens Drive Discovery in Kidney Disease Testing

December 4, 2019

Using data from the records of more than 400,000 patients in the UK Biobank, researchers from the University of Glasgow say they’ve been able to determine which of three kidney function tests is the most effective at predicting cardiovascular risk, which is associated with chronic kidney disease.

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Transforming human biospecimen procurement to help advance R&D and change lives

June 13, 2019

Although biobanks around the world have since amassed millions of human biospecimens, and valuable insights have been extracted from them, the biospecimen procurement challenge is holding firm. Recently, iSpecimen launched a survey of its own, recasting several questions similar to those included in the aforementioned OBBR survey, to take a pulse on potential improvements related to the availability of quality specimens.

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Human biospecimens + AI = new insights

April 11, 2019

Every human biospecimen contains a wealth of data – about patients, their conditions and the biological processes that the sample has undergone. Data is also the currency of artificial intelligence, which is streamlining discovery by crunching data as biospecimens are presented to computers.

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A blood test could take the guesswork out of pain

February 21, 2019

In a development that could someday help address the opioid scourge, University of Indiana School of Medicine researchers say they have developed a prototype blood test that quantifies pain based on molecular biomarkers.

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Biospecimens for critical research

New biospecimens, critical to important research, available on iSpecimen Marketplace

January 24, 2019

Now our customers can receive primary cells from bone marrow and peripheral blood that are shipped within hours of collection They are the cells that spawn our oxygen-carrying red blood cells, disease-fighting white blood cells and clot-forming platelets. They are found in the bone marrow and, in smaller numbers, in the circulating blood. They are […]

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As specimens lie idle in freezers, patients await cures

May 22, 2018

And biobanks lose needed revenue Although biobanks do tremendous good for the world, many want to do even better. Biobanks collect tissue, biofluids and cells for use by researchers working toward new cures, treatments and vaccines. To better understand their challenges, we created a detailed questionnaire that 42 biobank professionals from around the world filled […]

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The iSpecimen Marketplace for human biospecimen procurement.

Catching Up with Chris Ianelli, Founder and CEO of iSpecimen

September 21, 2017

Our CEO, Chris Ianelli, MD, PhD, was recently interviewed by Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC), where he will be speaking in January 2018, about the power of the iSpecimen Marketplace in redefining the way human biospecimens are procured. PMWC attracts recognized authorities and experts across healthcare and biotechnology sectors, and we are very excited for […]

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Pancreatic Cancer

More Biospecimens Might Help Address Deadly Cancer

July 24, 2017

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the disease, spreading fast and often resisting chemotherapy. Approximately 3 in 4 patients die within a year of diagnosis, and 9 in 10 die within five years. Pancreatic cancer is on track to becoming the second most fatal cancer, but that trajectory might change if an […]

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More Reasons to Thank Brain Donors

February 23, 2017

A couple of weeks ago we blogged about how pledging one’s brain supports research into CTE, the degenerative disease linked to concussions in athletes. Brain tissue, however, opens up a lot of other vistas for today’s researcher. The brain, of course, is where our conscious thought – normal and pathological – takes place. But people […]

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