The Partners HealthCare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine operates two biorepositories to serve the research community at Partners HealthCare. The BioSample Services Facility (BSF) provides sample storage and processing services. The Partners Biorepository for Medical Discovery (PBMD) is an enterprise-wide repository of high-quality, consented samples available to foster genetic research and advance our understanding of genetic causes of common, complex diseases.
Services provided by these cores include assistance with the collection and processing of samples for research use, extraction of DNA and isolation of serum and or plasma with monitored cryogenic storage to provide stability and availability of the materials. After processing, and in conjunction with the BioSample Services Facility, the samples stored within the Biorepository for Medical Discovery may be arrayed for further processing via multiple molecular techniques such as - sequencing, genotyping, and expression profiling.