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We can rapidly provide the components you need from our BioResource participant samples.

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BioResource biobanking

We extract DNA from blood or saliva donated by our participants. The DNA is quality controlled, banked  and then analysed to study genetic variation by genotyping. We also store plasma and serum from blood samples. Samples can be requested by genotype or phenotype. 

All samples are sent to the National Biosample Centre (NBC) in Milton Keynes, for processing, storage and analysis. NBC provides a high-quality, high-capacity service for biomedical researchers. 

If you would like to know if our samples are suitable for your study please submit a query to


Apply to access samples

Access to samples is granted in the same way as recall studies, please see the Apply for Recall page for more information on the application and submission procedure. 

DNA  pipelines  

All DNA will be genotyped, currently  using the  UKBiobank  v2.1 Axiom array.  Imputation of the genotyping data will also be available. If this does not cover the  variant(s)  of  research interest  then a KASP assay  (a PCR based assay for 1 SNP) can be arranged on a relevant selection of our holdings. 

8,000 of our Rare Disease participants have whole genome sequencing (WGS) data available. 

10,000 of our IBD participants have whole exome sequencing available.

Six blood sample tubes, illustration

Available sample lists

By cohort 

Rare diseases

  • more than 50 projects recruiting from a wide range of clinical specialities

Common diseases

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Immune-Mediated Inflammatory Diseases (IMID)
  • Mental Health (GLAD and EDGI)
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

Healthy population (population controls)

These include INTERVAL, COMPARE and STRIDES blood donor studies

By type


  • from blood (Rare Disease, IBD, IMID, NAFLD and healthy population themes)
  • from saliva (Mental Health theme and some healthy population participants)



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