Collecting human biofluids is critical for modern medicine and clinical research. These fluids, such as saliva, urine, stool, and blood, are used to further the understanding of medical interventions, diseases, and overall human physiology.
Human biofluid specimens are not only used to identify, diagnose and monitor diseases, but they make it possible to detect the presence of harmful substances in the body, determine the number of certain proteins or hormones present, and measure the concentration of drugs.
They are also essential for biomarker studies, which involve identifying and tracking measurable biological components associated with specific diseases. In addition, they are invaluable for research into genetic disorders and other inherited diseases.
The most common type of human biofluid specimen isblood, which is used for a wide variety of purposes. Blood can be used to measure the levels of red and white blood cells, as well as to detect the presence of diseases such as HIV, diabetes, or cancer.
Urine is also quite common and can be used to detect the presence of hormones, drugs, and other substances easily without the need for intravenous access.
Saliva specimens are also used in clinical research, primarily for the detection of genetic markers associated with many diseases and human biological differences with a known genetic component.
Human biofluid specimens can be obtained from a wide variety of sources, including hospitals, research institutions, and even home collections. Hospitals and other medical institutions are the most common source of biospecimens, as they typically have the most exposure to collection opportunities and the capability to store specimens for research.
Researchers may also use research institutions to obtain specimens for research purposes, such as for genetic marker or biomarker studies. Moreover, home collection kits are becoming increasingly popular and serve to help patients collect saliva, stool, hair, and other samples from the comfort of their own homes.
Outside of large, primary-collection sites, obtaining human biofluid specimens from biorepositories is often the most reliable and efficient way to secure the highest quality and quantity of specimens.
Biorepositories are typically highly experienced and knowledgeable in collecting, processing, and storing these specimens, giving researchers access to a wide range of samples. They also provide a safe and secure location for specimens, thus ensuring that the samples remain free from contamination.
These biorepositories can offer cost-effective solutions for researchers looking to obtain specimens, as well as a secure way to ship and store them from a variety of locations globally for future use.
At iProcess Global Research, we obtain biospecimens from over 1,000 sites. With over 17 years of experience and experience shipping over 100,000 specimens, iProcess has the capability to fulfill even the most demanding research requirements. Whether you need high-quality biofluid specimens or dedicated research team members, you can find them at iProcess.