Compliance in Stem Cell Research

What are stem cells? Stem cells are undifferentiated (unspecialized) cells that have the capability to proliferate – or divide and renew themselves for long periods. They can be obtained from various sources in the human body: bone marrow, peripheral blood, and embryos. The type and potential of stem cells varies. Totipotent: Obtained from the fertilized...
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Improving IRB Performance

IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are assigned with the critical job of reviewing, approving, and monitoring research involving humans. One of the main responsibilities of an IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects from harm – be it physical or psychological. With such responsibility resting on their shoulders, it is imperative that...
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Quick Guide To Biosafety Management

Biosafety can be defined as the application of information, techniques, and equipment to prevent potentially infectious and/or hazardous biological materials from harming people and the environment. Biosafety measures delineate the conditions under which biohazardous materials and agents can be safely handled. Biohazardous materials could be microorganisms, toxins, body fluids, controlled substances, allergens, carcinogens, oncogenic matter,...
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