Equipment and Supplies

Collecting, processing, and storing biomarkers will always involve equipment and supplies. Even a modest biomarker component in a study will mean a significant outlay of resources. While certain materials can only be obtained from specialized vendors such as medical or scientific supply houses, others can be purchased from local grocery and big box stores.

 

Shopping List by Specimen Type

Depending upon the biomarker of interest, a shopping list might include but is not limited to:

 

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 Sharps Disposal Containers

Dessicant packets
General

 

 
labels for collection tube
cryolabels, if specimens are to be frozen
printer for barcode label generation
software to generate barcodes
refreezable ice pack, if specimens are to be kept cold during transport
cooler, if specimens are to be kept cold during transport
centrifuge, if specimens are to be spun (speeds vary, some are refrigerated)
barcode scanner
tubes to aliquot sample (various materials and caps; sterile or not)
pipettes
refrigerator
mechanical freezer: -20°C or -80°C (ultralow) -- NOT SELF DEFROSTING!
cryogenic freezer (liquid nitrogen = LN2): -150°C
freezer systems (racks) for organizing specimens
boxes to hold specimens
latex gloves (various materials [vinyl, rubber] and treatments, e.g., powdered)
gloves for handling frozen specimens and dry ice
shipping materials if lab is offsite
source for dry ice
cooler for storing dry ice

Blood

vacutainers (vary by type of stored specimen, e.g., serum, plasma, cells)
needles/butterfly
chux pads
alcohol swabs
rubber strap (tourniquet)
band-aids
biohazard "sharps" container
container for transporting filled vacutainers
tubes for aliquots

Blood spots

lancets
filter paper (various by type of assay) collection card
dessicants
container for cards
chux pads
alcohol swabs
rubber strap (tourniquet)
band-aids
biohazard "sharps" container

Urine

urine cup


Saliva

collection tube (various types, some with absorbent materials)

Hair

aluminum foil
envelopes or other containers to hold samples
scissors

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