Zoos biobanking for the future

There are hundreds of species represented in the Paignton Zoo collection and CryoArks research fellow, Gill Murray Dickson, chats to vet nurse Kelly Damon to find out more about how samples are routinely collected during post-mortem examination and why samples collected from zoo animals are so important for conservation research.

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Over 1,000 animal samples arrive at Edinburgh Zoo’s biobank hub

Samples from over 220 different animal species at Paignton Zoo are being stored by scientists at the wildlife conservation charity as part of a project to give researchers around the world access to biological samples from endangered species and other wildlife. Now, over 1,000 samples from this collection are stored at the RZSS Biobank, one of the CryoArks hubs in Scotland.

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One of the world’s biggest sanctuaries for wildlife has just been created around Tristan da Cunha

A new Marine Protection Zone (MPZ) was announced on the 13th November by the government of Tristan da Cunha. This wildlife sanctuary will cover nearly 700,000 square kilometres off the coast of the most remote inhabited island on Earth. Find out how the work carried by CryoArks staff and other organisations ultimately contributed to this decision.

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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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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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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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