Biobank Closures​

In response to the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the CryoArks team is working remotely until further notice. We continue to provide advice to UK collections and are still accepting data-only submissions. In-situ supporting visits have been suspended temporarily, but we are available to discuss/arrange sample transfer for future donations and deal with any data management questions/requirements for pending transfers. For any queries, please contact us on enquiries@cryoarks.org.

CryoArks

Animal biobanking for research and conservation

Why CryoArks?

Have you ever felt frustrated that you cannot access key samples for an animal genetics or genomics project? And would you know how to go about accessing such samples? Do you struggle to know how to best archive your samples? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, CryoArks is here to help!

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.

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REQUEST

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CONTRIBUTE

Contribute with data and/or samples

Improved access to biological resources

Seeking samples for your project? Looking for advice and assistance to improve the standard of your frozen collections? Want to have your samples securely stored and curated? Join our community today!
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Mafalda Costa

Animal Cells and Gametes: Next Generation Biodiversity Resources for Research and Conservation

Europe Biobank Week (EBW) 2020 will take place between 17-20 November and will fully run digitally! The programme includes a mix of live sessions, e-Poster sessions, industry workshops and on-demand sessions. The ‘Animal Cells and Gametes: Next Generation Biodiversity Resources for Research and Conservation’ on-demand session presents novel and challenging cell cryobiology for non-human species, complementing, learning from and informing equivalent areas in the clinical sectors, and will be of great interest to EBW2020 conference delegates from all areas and biobanking disciplines.

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Mafalda Costa

NatSCA blog – CryoArks: Discover The UK’s First Zoological Biobank

The Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA) is a UK-based membership organisation and charity. It promotes and supports natural science collections, the institutions that house them, and the people that work with them, in order to improve collections care, understanding, accessibility and enjoyment for all. In its latest blog post, NatSCA features CryoArks and highlights how our biobank is now ready to help museums improve and maintain their frozen collections.

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Mafalda Costa

Webinar on Access and Benefit-Sharing in the UK

On 23rd June at 14:00, Katie Bird (Senior Enforcement Officer for Access and Benefits Sharing) will host a seminar providing the background to The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) supplements the Convention on Biological Diversity’s third objective on the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilisation (research and development) of genetic resources (plants, animals, microbes and other).

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