The laboratory is fully equipped to process and store blood and other study samples. Samples may be stored at the unit or shipped to labs for analysis. The laboratory is equipped with refrigerated centrifuges, refrigerator, freezers (-20° C & -80° C), and analytical balances. The unit employs state-of-the art Nautilus Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for de-identified sample storage and management. Routine biomedical assays are performed at Piedmont Athens Regional Lab Outreach (examples of lab pricing: glucose: $2.08, lipid panel: $2.96, hs-CRP: $5.30, HbA1C: $5.51). Specialized biomedical and genetic assays are sent to UGA or Emory Core Facilities, commercial laboratories, or to investigator/collaborator labs as needed.