The CryoArks team is now able to respond to requests to loan or donate sample material. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to apply for samples, to discuss/arrange sample transfers, data management questions/requirements, or any other queries.
Animal biobanking for research and conservation
The CryoArks biobank is an initiative that aims to bring together the diverse collections of animal frozen material found in museums, zoos, research institutes and universities across the UK to make them accessible to the UK’s research and conservation community.
A UK network of zoological biobanks that maintain frozen collections of animal genetic material to be used responsibly and sustainably in a wide range of applications that will further research knowledge and contribute to species conservation.
Improved access to biological resources
Find out how Samantha, a second-year student of the MSc Biobanks & Complex Data Management of the Côte d’Azur University in France, is helping the NHM Molecular Collections Facility and CryoArks organise an impressive and unique collection of UK wildlife to make it readily available for research and species conservation.
On the 13th July, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) hosted a live online event on ‘Biobanking for conservation: Why cryopreservation is essential for addressing our biodiversity crisis’. Invited speakers included Paul Pearce-Kelly (ZSL), Professor William Holt (University of Sheffield and Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC), Kirsty Lloyd (CryoArks, Natural History Museum), and Dr Mary Hagedorn (Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology).