Monitoreo de hormonas en el campo: metodos y aplicaciones en ecologia reproductiva humana

  • Claudia R Valeggia


RESUMEN El estudio de la ecología reproductiva humana se ha expandido exponencialmente en la última década. Esto se debe, en parte, a los nuevos avances tecnológicos que permiten el análisis de las muestras biológicas recogidas por medio de métodos simples, poco invasivos y relativamente económicos. Estas características los hacen logísticamente apropiados para el campo y la investigación a mediana y gran escala, aún en zonas geográficas alejadas o aisladas. Se presenta una descripción de los métodos y técnicas que se pueden utilizar para estimar concentraciones hormonales a nivel poblacional. Los métodos y las técnicas de recolección que aquí se describen incluyen muestras de sangre seca sobre papel de filtro, de orina y de saliva. La recolección de muestras biológicas en la investigación científica presenta complejos dilemas éticos. Se enfatiza la necesidad de capacitar a la población local y de transmitir la información adquirida a la comunidad que ha participado en el estudio.


ABSTRACT The study of human reproductive ecology has expanded exponentially in the last decade. This expansion was due in part to the recent technological advances that are making possible the analysis of biological samples collected using simple, minimally invasive, and relatively inexpensive methods. These features make them logistically appropriate for field and population-based research, even in remote or isolated areas. An overview of methods and techniques that could be used for estimating hormonal levels in large-scale population studies were showed in the present study. Sample collection methods and several techniques were reviewed in this paper, which included blood spots and urine, and saliva samples. The collection of biological samples is associated with serious ethical concerns. It was emphasized the need for increasing capacity in local people building, as well as to increase information transfer to the people which participated in such kind of studies.


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