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A local serum sample bank was put in use last Monday, being the largest one of its kind in China.
On the very afternoon, Ni Weiyan, a resident in Suzhou Industrial Bank, had 5 ml of her blood collected by a local hospital. This was the first serum sample for the bank which was later frozen and stored in Suzhou Disease Control and Prevention Center. The freezer has a fixed temperature of -80 degrees Celsius (-112 F). The sera can stay forever under such a temperature. A total of 19 such freezers are housed in the serum bank, each can hold about 40,000 test tubes.
By the end of 2013, about 50,000 serum samples are planned to be collected and stored in the bank. That’s the first phase of the project. In the second phase (2014-2020), plan has it that 200,000 such samples are to be put in storage.
“It benefits every one of us to have a sample stored in the serum bank,” Zhang Jun, vice-director of the center said. A latest example is that a citizen was severely infected by an unknown pathogen and had to spend 20,000 yuan on an overall medical check-up. Had he had a serum sample stored in our bank, we would have found the answer by comparing his then serum with the sample, Zhang Jun explained.
A major objective of setting up the serum bank is to collect basic materials for the research on life science and biological medicine. In future studies of diseases, knowledge of whether certain antibodies were present in blood samples collected in the past may be important.
By comparing the serum samples of healthy population with those of patients with, for example, lung cancer, researchers may find cancer-related genes, and alert the healthy people if there is any bad gene hiding in their body.
For the time being, the serum bank in Suzhou only stores sera of the city’s permanent residents. Citizens can go to Suzhou Municipal Hospital (East Branch) or Suzhou Guangji Hospital to get their sera collected.
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