Other resources

The following Web resources address logistical and ethical issues associated with collection of biological specimens for research

  • Assay guidance manual from the Eli Lilly and Company and the National Institutes of Health Chemical Genomics Center is a detailed guide about assays, related procedures and terminology. 
  • The UNC Research Core Facilities provide a variety of services to the UNC campus including specimen assay. Their searchable directory indicates what services are available through the various cores.
  • The UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center is a campus resource for researchers interested in studying the role of nutrition and obesity. The center can provide guidance about collection and assay of nutrition-related biomarkers.
  • The New Genetics from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences is a layman's guide to gene basics. Written for a general audience. 
  • Inside the Cell from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences provides a detailed overview about cells, their components, diseases, and life cycle with ample illustrations. Written for a general audience. 
  • The Biomarker Network is a resource linked to the NIH Demography of Aging Centers. The site provide information about specific biomarkers and how they are measured.
  • Lab Tests Online focuses on providing laboratory test information for patients and can aid researchers in understanding what clinical tests are available, what specimens are collected, and what is measured.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention International Laboratory Resources is a resource for laboratory practices, manuals, and standards to promote high-quality laboratory practices.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office of Health and Safety's Web site provides a variety of documents about importation of etiologic agents, biosafety in microbiological and biomedical laboratories, guidelines from the World Health Organization for the safe transport of infectious substances and diagnostic specimens, guidelines for packaging and shipping biomedical materials, and a variety of other information about handling biological specimens. 
  • DNA Learning Center illustrates various biology topics including cloning, stem cell lines, cycle sequencing, and DNA arrays.
  • The World Health Organization's Infectious Diseases website provides specific disease fact sheets, epidemiology, surveillance, and research and development on numerous infectious diseases.
  • The Human Genome Project Web site provides details about the mapping of the human genome and its role in medicine, health, and behavior.



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