Tissue procurement is the process of sourcing tissue samples from a donor. Most of the time, tissue procurement is performed by a team of health professionals who are trained in obtaining and handling live or dead human tissue. The standard practice has been to obtain tissue samples in a sterile environment, which has often led to problems with quality control and standards.
The use of tissue procurement in medical research is a relatively new one. However, the benefits are tremendous. One of the greatest things about this process is that it offers a "clean slate" to scientists who work with dying individuals. This allows them to have donors who are not diseased or suffering from any long-term health complications.
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One of the major benefits of a tissue procurement process is the fact that no living tissue is taken from a human. The tissue is collected, preserved, and then used for future studies. This process will also help reduce ethical qualms about using dead bodies for medical research.
The process of obtaining tissue can be divided into two parts: the collection and identification of the sample. This can be done by a number of different professionals including, but not limited to, an anatomist, a pathologist, and a cytologist. The sample is then either frozen or preserved in a biochemical solution.
A pathologist will examine the tissue sample to determine the cause of death. This allows the researcher to identify the patient. This sample can then be used to test for diseases or genetic markers. Using DNA from the tissue and testing it against reference samples allows the researcher to identify and trace the individual through his or her family tree. This allows them to identify if there are mutants that share similar DNA sequences.