A New iDigBio Web Feature Links DNA Banks and Genetic Resources Repositories in the United States

TitleA New iDigBio Web Feature Links DNA Banks and Genetic Resources Repositories in the United States
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSoltis, Pamela S., and Godden Grant T.
JournalDNA Banking for the 21st Century
Date Published04/2014
ISSN10: 0-9808415-9-8
KeywordsDNA bank, EF-1115210, genetic resources, iDigBio, natural history, tissue collections
AbstractCollections of genetic resources have served the needs of molecular biologists for many decades, providing valu able sources of materials for molecular studies of biodiversity and facilitating long-term archival of samples from pub lished studies. However, the needs of the research community are rapidly changing and contributing to an increasing demand for high-quality genetic resources. Curators and researchers in the United States (U.S.) have recently engaged in an active dialogue about the future of these collections, as well as about best practices and standards for collecting and preserving new materials. The discussion has reemphasized a previously identified need for networked data on genetic resources to better link samples housed in U.S. collections with research consumers. However, there are no comprehensive lists of DNA banks, genetic resources repositories, or tissue collections available, and significant gaps remain in our knowledge about the types of genetic resources that are available as well as their physical localities. In this paper, we describe a newly available web feature developed and maintained by Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio) that is helping to compile the first comprehensive list of genetic resources collections in the U.S. Our new tool provides information on a diverse set of collections and enables rapid searching of multiple collections.