The Immunogenetics and Histocompatibility (Immunobiology) Laboratory at the Banc de Sang i Teixits (Blood and Tissue Bank, BST) performs HLA typing tests for every hospital managed by the Catalan Health Institute (ICS), the BST cord blood bank and the Spanish Register of Bone Marrow Donors (REDMO).
The activity of this lab, which uses molecular biology techniques, is primarily related to haematopoietic progenitor cell transplants and evaluating diagnoses of diseases associated with certain HLA alleles.
However, the laboratory staff also dedicates part of their time to designing new tests, protocols and research projects.
At present, the lab is implementing new technologies based on next-generation sequencing (NGS) or high-throughput sequencing. This method has several advantages, such as the ability to identify new alleles, clarify indeterminate factors and cut costs and wait time.
The laboratory has been accredited by the European Federation for Immunogenetics (EFI) since 2001 and certified to standard ISO 9001 since 1999.