Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

China National Genebank, BioStorage Form Alliance

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The China National Genebank today announced a deal under which BioStorage Technologies will provide biorepository expertise, technology, and processes to support the development of "one of the world's largest genomic biobanks."

The CNGB was established by BGI-Shenzhen and said it is the first national genebank in China "to integrate an omics database and a large-scale biorepository consisting of 30 million biological samples, including human, animal, plant, and microorganism samples." Samples stored in CNGB will be used for research and "potential industrialization, such as translational medicine, breeding, and new energy exploitation."

BioStorage is supporting the growth of CNGB through a partnership with BGI-Shenzhen. Its sample management technology system is called Intelligent Specimen Inventory Storage System, or ISISS, and the combination of the system with "BGI's scientific and data capabilities provide the CGNB with the global capabilities required to be a vital asset to the research industry," Greg Swanberg, CEO of Indianapolis-based BioStorage, said in a statement.

Financial and other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Scan

Polarized Science Confidence

A new survey finds that confidence in science among US adults is increasingly polarized, the Associated Press says.

Time to Sit Back and Relax

NPR reports that the US National Institutes of Health has transferred the last of its eligible former research chimpanzees to a sanctuary.

Omicron-Focused Vaccines

The New York Times reports both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have launched trials of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines targeting the Omicron variant.

Nature Papers Present Cloud-Computing Analysis Approach, Transcription Factor With Role in Bacterial Genome Organization

In Nature this week: researchers describe the free, open-source cloud-computing infrastructure Serratus and more.