serum bank


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serum bank

a facility for the storage of aliquots of blood serum. The samples are used mainly for medical research.

serum bank

A laboratory or storage facility where samples of serum are kept, typically at subfreezing temperatures, for their future value in the retrospective study of important or emerging diseases. The JANUS serum bank, in Norway, has one of the largest and best organized national collections of stored serum; its specimens have been used primarily in studies of tumor markers.
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To evaluate age-specific measles susceptibility in 17 European countries and Australia, researchers analysed the results from measles serological surveillance and used information on measles IgG antibody titres from national serum banks, together with data on measles vaccination coverage and disease incidence.
A total of 169 retrospective serum samples from patients with or without breast cancer were obtained from Johns Hopkins Clinical Chemistry serum banks and analyzed simultaneously.
The effects of repeated freeze-thaw cycles on concentrations of various analytes in plasma or serum were of little interest until the growth of plasma and serum banks during the latter part of the 20th century.
Our local ethics committee approved the use of stored serum banks for research.