The study file provides a mapping between the samples (biospecimens and material samples) and processing events (occurs whenever a protocol is applied) associated with a study. It is also used to provide values for the parameters and factors associated with an assay of the sample. In ISA-TAB-Nano, factors can be either entered in the study file or in the assay file. For physico-chemical characterizations of nanomaterials, the sample is the nanomaterial. For in-vitro and in-vivo characterizations, the sample is the biological specimen (cell line, animal, and so forth). The nanomaterial applied to a biospecimen in an in-vitro or in-vivo assay is considered as a study factor along with other factors that vary in the experiment (for example, dose). The study file is required as it functions as the primary mapping file between the samples and the assay. For studies involving nanomaterials (also applies to small molecules), the material file allows for a detailed description of the composition and characteristics of the nanomaterial, and the ISA-TAB-Nano material file name is referenced as a qualifier for the source sample (nanomaterial) in the study file.
Comment [ ]---Any comment that provides additional information, which is added only when no other appropriate field exists.
The Study File Examples, Template, and Glossary are provided below.