The Library of Variants contains reference information focused on variant hemoglobins as well as the major thalassemias. The database includes searchable HPLC case reports, hematological data and chromatograms. The HPLC case reports are searchable by retention time to easily find those cases most like the one of interest.
The purpose of this library is to provide health professionals with an educational tool that also facilitates the chromatogram review process. Samples in the library were provided by a select group of reference centers belonging to the worldwide community of laboratories actively working on diagnosis and prevention of sickle cell, thalassemia and other hemoglobinopathies. The library contains articles by noted authors, abstracts of publications, and a glossary of terms used in hemoglobinopathy testing. Additional features include information about Bio-Rad HPLC methods for hemoglobin testing and a look-up tool to identify key Bio-Rad support contacts. Contributors to the library are listed along with an invitation to join the hemoglobinopathy testing community.
Bio-Rad Laboratories will continue the development of this library by expanding the number of centers contributing to the library.