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Dried blood spots (DBS) have many advantages over traditional sample matrices such as serum, plasma, and liquid whole blood. Chief among these advantages is simplified sample collection, storage, and shipment. DBS from finger sticks can be collected and shipped without freezing or cold storage, eliminating the need for a centrifuge, freezers, or even a phlebotomist. Ultimately, DBS enables decentralized sample collection, whether in areas lacking laboratory infrastructure, long term studies that struggle with patient retention, or monitoring of chronic diseases.
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