Prior Planning & Next-Gen Biological Repositories
April 17, 2015
Who remembers the old saying: “Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance?” Though well-worn, the truism may have relevance when it comes to — of all things — next-generation biological repositories.
As Ian Pope notes, an NIH estimate of up to 70% of all of the sample material stored at -80°C and below is unusable because of its lack of provenance.
The preferred alternative “effective planning” Pope says will provide two benefits: sample value and viability — and cost reduction. To that end, he gives us five key steps to use in developing an archival sample storage strategy: Storage Objective, Biological Viability, Thermal Performance, Environmental Impact, and Cost. A good read for those in the biobanking, biorepository space.