HUNT Biobank

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HUNT Biobank was established in conjunction with the HUNT 3-study[clarification needed] and is a biorepository of about 21,500 square feet. Blood sampling follows a strict quality protocol, collecting serum, plasma, buffy coat, immortalized cells for cell line production, specialized tubes for trace metal/elements-analysis, RNA-tubes and urine. Comprehensive datasets covering health, disease, lifestyle and environmental factors are gathered using questionnaires and by clinical examination.

Material Individuals No of aliquots Storage temp. (oC)
DNA (120 000 as isolated DNA) –also includes a national
collection of DNA-samples from other health surveys
250,000 1,500,000 - 20
Serum (HUNT2 and 3) 115,000 1.200.000 -80/-196
Plasma (HUNT3) 50,000 300,000 -80/-196
Buffy Coat (HUNT3) 50,000 100,000 -80/-196
Immortalized cells for cell line production (HUNT3) 50,000 120,000 -196
Na-Heparin tubes for trace metalls/ trace elements (HUNT3) 35,000 245,000 -80/-196
RNA (Tempus tubes) 15,000 15,000 -80
Buccal cells on FTA-paper (Ung HUNT3) 10,000 10,000 Ambient
Urine samples (fresh frozen) 15,000 15,000 -80