Fig.1. This blood sample can contribute to ongoing research, but would you give blood if you knew the type of research to which you might donate? (Credit: G.L. Kohuth).
This week, we read about a marine murder mystery, live saving blood banks, and new ways to handle collections. Check out these stories and more for #FollowFriday.
- Would you donate blood if you knew what it was being used for? A new survey suggests that knowing about the research uses may prevent people from donating medical samples: “What’s Happening With Your Donated Specimen?” Michigan State University Press (28 January 2015)
- This biobank offers treatment options to patients with heart diseases: “Better Understanding Of Diseases Could Be A Blood Bank Away,” The Star (2 February 2015)
- Museum specimens may be the key to understanding previously inaccessible anatomy: “Baleen Whales Hear Through Their Bones,” San Diego State University press (29 January 2015)
- This gene bank offers a powerful tool for those interested in marine murder mysteries: “Genetics Lab Unravels Mystery Whale Killing At Sea,” Science Daily (5 February 2015)
- These scientists are taking a lesson from childhood toys in order to safely handle delicate natural history collection specimens: “Lego Contraption Allows Scientists To Safely Handle Insects,” Scientist (5 February 2015)