PROCEDURES TO OBTAIN BIOSPECIMENS

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BLOOD SAMPLES

Blood samples are useful for testing biomarkers of systemic illnesses, such as autoantibodies. Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, which is a genetic syndrome associated with COPD and liver disease, can be detected through protein levels, protein phenotype, and genotype assessed in blood samples. Blood sources of DNA can also be used for other types of genetic testing.

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BLOOD SAMPLES

Blood samples are useful for testing biomarkers of systemic illnesses, such as autoantibodies. Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, which is a genetic syndrome associated with COPD and liver disease, can be detected through protein levels, protein phenotype, and genotype assessed in blood samples. Blood sources of DNA can also be used for other types of genetic testing.

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