Importance and Applications of Fresh Cancer Tissue Samples for Biomedical Research

Before researchers delved into the in vitro manipulation of fresh tissues, biospecimens were collected and stored in biorepositories for an indefinite period of time. To make this long-term storage possible, biosamples needed to be preserved. Although these methods are still needed and used, the expansion of innovative biomedical research has reshaped the static nature of…

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Discovery, Validation and Use of Cancer Biomarkers — Current Trends and Obstacles

When we speak about the role of biospecimens in the advancement of personalized precision medicine, we can’t avoid the topic of biomarkers. The term biomarker indicates a molecular signature (DNA, RNA, protein, lipid, metabolite) that can be objectively measured. Its levels are an indication of a normal physiological process, an abnormal pathological condition, or a…

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6 Cancer Research Advancements Reliant on Human Biospecimens

March 16, 2021 Over the last two decades, oncology research has achieved outstanding results in the way we understand and approach the multifaceted nature of cancer. From immuno-oncology at the forefront to targeted therapies and biomarkers identification, novel therapeutic multiplicity is impressive. Despite their diversification, these therapies have few crucial commonalities: they are targeted, personalized,…

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