Dr Andrew Kitchener talks about the sample collection in the CryoArks hub at the National Museums Collection Centre for the NatSCA blog.
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.
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.
Go behind the scenes of the recent launched RZSS Wildgenes Biobank with CryoArks Biobanking Research Fellow Dr Gill Murray-Dickson.
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) and National Museums Scotland have just announced the launch of their biobank facilities. Find out more about how they are working with other CryoArks partners to establish the UK’s first national 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.
Katie Bird (BEIS) tells us how to ensure that the research we do and collections we hold comply UK legal requirements of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefits sharing.
It was a long 5 days transit to St Helena, dealing with sea sickness and adjusting back to day time hours for a short period. But there is nothing like a sunny day at sea and we were very lucky to have quite a few of those during our travels. Whist in transit one of the things that struck me most was how the birds seemed to disappear as we transitioned to the warmer, more tropical climate.
In the vast South Atlantic Ocean, the most remote inhabited island on the planet suddenly rises up out of the sea. Not having seen land since I boarded the RRS Discovery and she departed Stanley in the Falklands 8 days before, it was an exciting sight. The island’s volcanic nature is evident not only by its sharp peak but also by the black rock flow visible near the settlement, a reminder of a previous eruption.
Kirsty Lloyd, our BBSRC funded technician based at the Natural History Museum, will embark on a research cruise to collect samples from marine organisms for the CryoArks Biobank. She will be on the RRS Discovery when it leaves from Stanley in the Falkland Islands and travels to two UK Overseas Territories, Tristan da Cunha and St Helena.