Biobank storage time as important as age

Published: 2016-09-05

The amount of time a blood sample used for medical research has been stored at a biobank may affect the test results as much as the blood sample provider’s age. These are the findings of a new study led by Ulf Gyllensten, Uppsala University/SciLifeLab, which was published in EBioMedicine. Until now, medical research has taken into account age, sex and health factors of the person providing the sample, but it turns out that storage time is just as important.

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