Compliance in Stem Cell Research

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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

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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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Running Productive Electronic IRB Meetings

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Any research project on human subjects requires clinical trial protocols to be maintained. It is the duty of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure that all types of research conducted on human subjects is in accordance with federal, state, institutional, and ethical guidelines. In short, the IRB plays an important role in protecting the...
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Quick Guide To Biosafety Management

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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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Management Of Laboratory Animals Using LARS

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In life science research organizations worldwide, use of laboratory animals such as mice, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, etc. for experimental purposes is vital and practically indispensable. However, the management of these animals is a complex and time-consuming task. Lab animal care personnel often struggle with the minutiae of ordering animals, caring for them, and maintaining...
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Importance of COI Disclosures in Research Organizations

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A conflict of interest (COI) is a situation in which personal or financial considerations may cloud the judgment of a professional. The professional could be a doctor, lawyer, accountant, or a researcher. For example, if a researcher is provided with financial grants from a pharmaceutical company to conduct his/her research, the researcher may be inclined...
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