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Category: Specimen Spotlight

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TB blood cultures from around the world help combat deadliest infectious disease

October 11, 2018

October Specimen Spotlight Tuberculosis killed 1.6 million people last year and 10 million people fell ill with the condition. Incidence of the world’s deadliest infectious disease varies widely by geography. There were fewer than 10 new cases per 100,000 in most high-income countries in 2017 – yet more than 500 per 100,000 in the hardest hit countries, including […]

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Biospecimen procurement

Fresh blood samples from clinic to out-of-state lab. Every day, in a two-hour window.

September 14, 2018

September Specimen Spotlight There are two ways for research organizations to procure human biospecimens, broadly speaking: Order them from existing inventories. Have them collected explicitly for the task at hand. We offer both. Although our iSpecimen Marketplace is optimized for procurement from existing inventories around the world, we often arrange prospective custom collection of new biospecimens […]

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iSpecimen Provides Custom Collections for Liquid Biopsy Innovator

August 2, 2018

August Specimen Spotlight Most any cancer is curable if diagnosed at its very onset. Unfortunately, that’s difficult to impossible –  for now, anyway. Medicine is making great strides in earlier detection, however, as illustrated in the quest for “liquid biopsies.” These emerging diagnostic tools detect biomarkers in a blood sample rather than through a traditional […]

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Tumor Tissue Samples and Detailed Data for Ovarian Cancer Research

June 7, 2018

June Specimen Spotlight Approximately 22,000 American women this year will receive a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, the fifth-ranked fatal cancer among women. Among the conditions related to ovarian cancer are mutations of: The tumor-suppressing TP53 gene (mutations are seen in nearly half of ovarian cancer tumors). And the KRAS oncogene. Scientists are aggressively seeking treatments and […]

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tissue blocks for finding new breast cancer therapies

Cancer Tissue Blocks for Triple Negative Breast Cancer Research

May 10, 2018

May Specimen Spotlight “Triple negative” is a less common category of breast cancer that is more challenging to treat, often requiring surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. The name signifies that the cancer is not fueled, as the majority of breast cancers are, by estrogen, progesterone or the HER-2 protein. These other cancer types can often be […]

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April Specimen Spotlight: Biospecimens for Alzheimer’s Research

April 5, 2018

An estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2018, according to just-released facts and figures from the Alzheimer’s Association. By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia is estimated to reach 7.1 million – an increase of almost 29 percent from the 5.5 million […]

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February Specimen Spotlight: Reaching Across Continents to Meet Researchers’ Needs

February 15, 2018

Although we’re based in Massachusetts, our scope is global. That’s how we’re able to fulfill our mission: helping researchers get biospecimens they need from the patients they want. And that’s why we continue to develop a worldwide network of suppliers. They help us address the acute demand for human biospecimens, the increasing specificity of researchers’ […]

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Ovarian cancer tissue sample study

January Specimen Spotlight: Prospectively Collecting Ovarian Tumor Tissue for Longitudinal Study

January 2, 2018

Although you can learn a lot from cancerous tissue, you can learn even more when you have patient data to put the biology in context. That’s why one iSpecimen client, a U.S. cancer research and diagnostic company, recently ordered longitudinal patient information from iSpecimen to complement its request for ovarian cancer tissue specimens. The company […]

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Specimen Spotlight: When Every Minute Counts

September 12, 2017

While some might giggle about the topic, there is serious biomedical value in analyzing fresh, healthy stool. Such research yields insights into the apparent link between the human body’s microbes and total health, including mental health. And when it comes to studying the microbiome, the fresher the stool the better. In fact, these samples start […]

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ACTH Structure

August Specimen Spotlight: Procuring Blood Samples to Validate an Endocrine Diagnostic Test

July 31, 2017

Irregular levels of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), which is released by the pituitary gland, are indicative of a wide array of endocrine conditions, including Addison’s disease, adrenal hyperplasia, or Cushing’s disease when ACTH is too high or adrenal tumor, exogenous Cushing’s syndrome, or hypopituitarism when ACTH is too low. A blood test to determine a patient’s […]

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