The Governing Mayor visits the biobank at the Long Night of the Sciences in Berlin
What are biomaterials? Why are they important for the medical research and how are they kept? The ZeBanC, the Central Biomaterial Bank of the Charité and the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) and the German Biobank Node (GBN) presented themselves together at the Long Night of the Sciences on June 15, 2019 to answer the questions of visitors. ZeBanC has been a new partner biobank in the German Biobank Alliance (GBA) since May.
The Governing Mayor Michael Müller also took part in the interactive program under the motto "Biobanking up close: research for the health of tomorrow" presented by ZeBanC and GBN and learned about the benefits of biomaterial samples. Prof. Dr. Michael Hummel, head of the ZeBanC and GBN coordinator, explained to him the principle of storing biomaterials during a guided tour of the biobank. Under professional guidance, the mayor then took the pipette himself.
Great interest in the "biobank triathlon"
Numerous visitors of the Long Night of Sciences completed the biobank triathlon, whose "course" GBN and ZeBanC had set up in the glass hall at Campus Virchow Klinikum. They first pipetted "blood" samples (red-colored water) to fill different volumes of the liquid into reaction vessels. After that, it was all about collecting bioprobes correctly - the participants tried to scan the bar coded sample tubes as quickly as possible. Next, they sorted "frozen" bio samples: using appropriate equipment (goggles, gloves, lab coats), they used tweezers to pick up tubes from water-filled containers ("liquid nitrogen") and sorted them into dry ice in boxes - again time was measured. Over 50 certificates went to triathletes.
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