The fundamental genetic similarity between mice and humans allows researchers to infer a human gene's function based on studies with laboratory mice. Identifying essential clues on gene function provided by model organisms has proved to be a powerful approach to gain knowledge on both human disease and mammalian biology.
Finding biosamples with specific characteristics across different biobanks is challenging because each biobank manages sample information differently. Together with the sensitive nature of large amounts of biosample information, this makes it difficult to pull information together for example in a central place where a researcher can browse and discover groups of samples that might be suitable for a given research project.
Uncertainty about ethical and legal requirements with respect to sensitive data – such as personally identifiable data – is one of the most important barriers to data sharing. Aimed at researchers with limited or no background or experience with these formal requirements, this tool aims to clarify if and how sensitive data can be shared, or when additional actions or expert advice are needed.
PiMS is a laboratory information management system for use in recombinant protein production laboratories; to manage the stages from the selected target protein to the production of soluble protein. PiMS development is part of a larger vision to provide a unified and extensible set of software tools for structural biology, offering seamless data transfer and a consistent user experience, from target selection to the interpretation of the structure.
Organised by the BioMedBridges partners from TMF, technical staff, legal and ethics experts met on 30 June in Berlin to discuss how best to support life science researchers who need to use sensitive data and/or biosamples. Presentations outlined current and proposed EU data regulations, and synergies between existing resources that aid researchers in navigating various local, national, European and international legislation were explored.