Last updated: 11 August 2022
Biological samples from wild and zoo animals are valuable sources of genetic material, providing a wealth of information that can support conservation management as well as fundamental, biological research.
CryoArks is a partnership project, which is bringing together millions of biological samples held in disconnected collections across zoos, museums and academic collections, into a publicly visible and accessible biobank. As a CryoArks partner, National Museums Scotland has established the physical infrastructure and protocols required to biobank genetic material at -80°C.
CRYOARKS: Establishing a UK-wide zoological biobank
2018 - 2022
Dr Andrew Kitchener - Principal Investigator - National Museums Scotland
Professor Michael Bruford - University of Cardiff
Dr Aidan Emery - Natural History Museum
Dr Helen Senn - Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
Professor Rob Ogden - Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
Dr Lisa Yon - University of Nottingham
Farré, M., Johnstone, C., Hopper, J., Kitchener, A.C., Roos, C. King, T. 2022. Novel mtDNA haplotypes represented in the European captive population of the Endangered François’ langur (Trachypithecus francoisi). International Journal of Primatology 43: 533-537 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10764-022-00295-x
Biobanks are curated collections of biological samples (such as tissue, blood, serum, DNA, gametes and cell lines) that are collected, preserved and maintained along with their associated data, following international standards and guidelines. CryoArks partners offer physical storage (at both -196°C and -80°C), a searchable database, on-site assistance in archiving sample material, and advice on embedding biobank sample collection during routine veterinary care and fieldwork. In conjunction with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, National Museums Scotland’s Biobank is promoting the benefits and needs of zoological biobanking in the UK to a wide range of audiences across the research and public sectors.