DNA Banks and Genetic Resources Repositories in the United States

iDigBio is actively compiling a list of DNA banking facilities and genetic resources repositories in the United States that maintain collections of nucleic acid extracts (DNA or RNA) or preserved tissues suitable for genetic and genomic studies of biodiversity.

The following resources (listed alphabetically by institution) represent collections currently known by or reported to iDigBio. Each entry includes the name of the institution, a brief description, and institutional link.

To report the availability of genetic resources at your institution, or to revise or update an existing entry, please contact Grant Godden.

iDigBio thanks the participants of the DNA Banking Workshop hosted by the Missouri Botanical Garden (January 2013) and Breda Zimkus (Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University), in particular, for assistance in compiling these resources.

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A New iDigBio Web Feature Links DNA Banks and Genetic Resources Repositories in the United States Collections 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. https://www.idigbio.org/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/GoddenSoltis%20DNA%20Banking2014.pdf
Academy of Natural Sciences (Drexel University) The Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and Ecology (LMSE) serves as the Academy’s tissue repository that can be useful to future molecular researchers. At present, only Ornithology tissue are accessioned and available for loan, but additional taxa are in the process of being curated and will soon be added as loanable material. http://www.ansp.org/research/systematics-evolution/resources/molecular-biology/facilities/
American Museum of Natural History, Ambrose Monell Collection for Molecular and Microbial Research The Ambrose Monell Cryo Collection (AMCC) supports a broad range of comparative genetic and genomic research initiatives focusing on earth’s biodiversity, including animal, fungal, plant, and microbial diversity. Collecting kits and equipment are also available for sampling and shipping of genetic materials. http://research.amnh.org/genomics/Facilities/AMCC
Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota The Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota maintains frozen tissue collections from amphibians, birds, reptiles, and fishes. Tissues are stored at -70°C or in 95% ethanol and are available for research purposes. http://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/
Botanical Research Institute of Texas The Botanical Research Institute of Texas maintains a small repository of genetic material from Cyperaceae. Our current collection includes 233 individual vouchers, with 843 additional samples representing various populations. http://www.brit.org/
Burke Museum, Genetic Resources Collection The Genetic Resources Collection (GRC) at the Burke Museum houses tissue specimens from vertebrates for use in molecular research. The collection is among the largest of its type in the world, with tissues from more than 50,000 birds, 8,000 mammals and 1,000 reptiles and amphibians. http://www.burkemuseum.org/genetic
California Academy of Sciences, Center for Comparative Genomics CryoCollection The Center for Comparative Genomics' CryoCollection comprises extracted DNA samples from specimens housed at the California Academy of Sciences. The purpose of the CCG CryoCollection is to organize, centralize and preserve the Academy’s collection of frozen DNA, and to make it available to the scientific community. The collection is currently in the funding and development stages; researchers interested in DNA samples stored in the collection will be able to search for and request samples via the CCG website in the future. http://research.calacademy.org/ccg/cryo
California Department of Food and Agriculture, California State Collection of Arthropods Frozen Tissue Collection The California State Collection of Arthropods (CSCA) Frozen Tissue Collection (FTC) has the capacity to store over 30,000 samples in ultra-cold conditions. Already preserved in the collection are over 1,400 DNA samples, over 2,200 samples of DNA specimen vouchers (specimens from which DNA has been extracted) or whole identified specimens, and Mediterranean fruit fly DNA samples generated by Bruce McPheron (Penn State University). The CSCA FTC is searchable via the CSCA inventory database. http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/ppd/csca.html#ftc
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Mammal Collection The Carnegie Museum of Natural History Section of Mammals houses an ancillary collection of frozen tissues for biochemical study from over 12,000 specimens of insectivores, bats, rodents, carnivores, and primates from North America, Africa, and Asia. http://www.carnegiemnh.org/mammals/collections.html
Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, Department of Zoology The zoology collection of the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History houses nearly 3,500 frozen tissue specimens primarily from vertebrate groups. This collection includes avian tissues (ca.1,800 specimens, including considerable material from the Philippines and Eastern North America), mammal tissues (ca.1,000 specimens), and a rapidly growing tissue collection for reptiles and amphibians (ca. 700 specimens) and fishes (ca. 100 specimens). http://www.cincymuseum.org/research/zoology
Conner Museum (Washington State University) The Conner Museum collection provides a reservoir of material– including a frozen tissue collection–upon which molecular studies of animal diversity in the Pacific Northwest can be based. http://sbs.wsu.edu/connermuseum/research.html
Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates The Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates is an internationally recognized institution dedicated to the study of vertebrates (fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals). The collections contain over 1.5 million specimens from all over the world, and the museum serves as the primary repository for vouchers and tissues collected by past, and present Cornellians. http://www.cumv.cornell.edu/
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Zoology Collections The Zoology Department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science houses over 940,000 specimens or specimen lots in five major collections: Arachnology; Conchology; Entomology; Mammalogy; and Ornithology. A collection of frozen tissues and parasites from birds and mammals is maintained by the museum and is searchable online via the Arctos database. http://www.dmns.org/science/collections/dmns-zoology-collections/
Duke Lemur Center The Duke Lemur Center maintains a wide variety of biological samples available for purchase by qualified individuals or institutions. Samples such as blood, serum, and urine are banked opportunistically from our living colony during routine physical exams or other veterinary procedures. Tissues are collected from animals that have died of natural causes, and they are preserved in a variety of ways suitable for RNA, DNA, and histopathological analyses. Cadavers are kept frozen and are also available for research. http://lemur.duke.edu/research/biological-samples/
Field Museum, Collections Resource Center The Field Museum’s Collection Resource center houses nearly 200,000 cryogenically frozen DNA and tissue samples from plants and animals. http://fieldmuseum.org/explore/department/collections-resource-center
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Ichthyology Collection (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) The Ichthyology Collection at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) is a small but growing repository that has approximately 2000 tissue samples from specimens housed in the FWRI Ichthyology Collection. The collection specializes in species from around Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Northern Atlantic. http://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/specimen-collections/sis/ichthyology/
Florida Museum of Natural History, Genetic Resources Repository (University of Florida) The Florida Museum of Natural History's Genetic Resources Repository (GRR) archives more than 30,000 tissue samples and DNA and RNA preparations from specimens housed in the Museum's Mammals, Herpetology, Birds, Invertebrate Zoology and Ichthyology divisions, the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, the Herbarium, and the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics. http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/grr/
Fungal Genetics Stock Center The Fungal Genetics Stock Center has preserved and distributed strains of genetically characterized fungi since 1960. The collection includes over 20,000 accessioned strains of classical and genetically engineered mutants of key model, human, and plant pathogenic fungi. These materials are distributed as living stocks to researchers around the world. The FGSC has been supported by the US National Science Foundation since the collection as founded in 1960. http://www.fgsc.net
Hawaiian Plant DNA Library, University of Hawaii at Manoa Since 1992, we have been collecting and extracting DNA from native Hawaiian plants and now have over 7000 accessions. Although many collections are duplicates for population analysis, there are extensive collections from various trips throughout the islands. Over 90% of the plant genera in Hawaii are represented and over 50% of the species. Many of these plants are endangered and some are now extinct in the wild. DNA is available for use by all researchers. Most DNA was extracted using a modification of the CTAB and then purified by banding in cesium chloride. http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty/morden/HPDL.htm
Humboldt State University, Department of Biological Sciences, Vertebrate Museum In the fall of 2001 the Humboldt State University Vertebrate Museum began a frozen tissue collection for mammals. All new mammals accessioned into the museum are being accompanied by tissue samples (i.e., heart, liver or kidney). Each tissue specimen is linked via a computer database to the actual museum specimen from which it was taken. http://www.humboldt.edu/vmuseum/collections.html
Los Angeles County Natural History Museum The Los Angeles Natural History Museum maintains frozen tissues as part of its Herpetology, Ichthyology, and Ornithology departments. The collection includes more than 1,200 tissues from fishes (especially Gobiiformes) and approximately 3,300 avian tissue samples (usually breast, liver, and heart muscle). Tissues are stored in cryogenic tubes in freezers, and are available for subsampling for studies of DNA or other molecular work. http://www.nhm.org/site/research-collections
Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science (Louisiana Museum of Natural History) Lousiana State University is a leader in vertebrate tissue preservation, and the museum's frozen tissues collection is the largest of its kind in the world. These tissues are used for a wide variety of studies in forensics, epidemiology, conservation, wildlife management, comparative molecular genetics, and phylogenetics. Many tissue samples in the collection are from Neotropical species whose habitats have been disturbed or destroyed. http://appl003.lsu.edu/natsci/lmns.nsf/$Content/Genetic+Resources?OpenDocument
Marine Environmental Specimen Bank, Hollings Marine Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology The Marine Environmental Specimen Bank (Marine ESB), established by NIST in 2001 at the Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML) in Charleston, South Carolina, cryogenically banks well-documented environmental specimens collected as part of other agency marine research and monitoring programs. Specimens include marine mammal tissues, mussels and oysters, fish tissues, seabird eggs, and peregrine falcon eggs and feathers. The bank emphasizes cryogenic storage using ultra-cold (-80C) electric freezers and liquid nitrogen vapor (-150C) freezers. http://www.nist.gov/mml/csd/marineesb.cfm
Missouri Botanical Garden Material archived in the Missouri Botanical Garden's DNA Bank supports studies of plant relationships. Samples from vouchered specimens are preserved in silica gel packets and stored in a cabinet in a walk-in freezer maintained at -20C. Available taxa in the DNA Bank are listed on Tropicos. http://www.wlbcenter.org/dna_banking.htm
Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum (Brigham Young University) The Monte L. Bean Museum (MLBM) houses a collection of over 45,000 specimens (most are associated with voucher specimens) of tissue or DNA preserved from vascular and non-vascular plants, arthropods (crustaceans, insects), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. http://mlbean.byu.edu/
Museum of Comparative Zoology Cryogenic Collection (Harvard University) The Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) contains over 21-million specimens in ten research collections which comprise one of the world's richest and most varied resources for studying the diversity of life. Tissue samples and other genetic resources associated with MCZ’s collections are maintained as part of the Cryogenic Collection, which is searchable via the MCZ online database. http://mczbase.mcz.harvard.edu/SpecimenSearch.cfm
Museum of Southwestern Biology, Division of Genomic Resources (University of New Mexico) The University of New Mexico (UNM) Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB) Division of Genomic Resources (DGR) is a cryogenic archive of tissue samples from vertebrates, invertebrates, parasites and DNA from other MSB divisions and outside collections. The collection currently contains over 500,000 samples from about 175,000 individuals. It is worldwide in scope with particularly strong holdings of mammalian tissue from taxa of the Southwestern United States, Beringia, and Latin America. Specimen data is available via Arctos. http://www.msb.unm.edu/dgr/contact.html
Museum of Texas Tech University, Natural Science Research Laboratory, Genetic Resources Collection The Museum of Texas Tech University's Genetic Resources Collection is a biological archive of more than 305,000 samples taken from 89,800 individuals of predominantly mammals, but also some birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. The collection is world-wide in scope with especially strong mammalian holdings from the southwestern United States, Mexico, Central and South America, the Ukraine, and Malaysia. Currently, the majority of the samples are held at -80°C. However, the collection also contains samples in ethanol, lysis buffer, and DNA stored at -20°C. http://www.nsrl.ttu.edu/collections/GRC/index.htm
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (University of California Berkeley) The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) tissue collection contains approximately 11,000 mammal, 8,000 bird, and 20,000 herpetological tissue samples. Over 90% of these samples have voucher specimens in the MVZ collections. The majority of samples were preserved in the field in liquid nitrogen and are stored at -75C. However, the Museum also maintains a growing collection of non-frozen tissues preserved in 95% ethanol or in buffer. In addition, DNA obtained from traditional specimen material (e.g., skin, hair, feathers, toe pads, bone) represents a potentially important resource for genetic studies. http://www.mip.berkeley.edu/mvz/collections/TissueCollection.html
Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology (University of California Davis) In 2005, the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology instituted frozen tissue archives for cryostorage in an ultra-cold freezer. The collection includes approximately 300 mammal tissue samples and 4,000 bird tissue samples, primarily from California. http://mwfb.ucdavis.edu/collectionssec2.html
National Museum of Natural History Biorepository The National Museum of Natural History Biorepository began operations in 2011 and is believed to be the largest museum-based natural history biorepository in existence. Its current capacity exceeds 4.2 million standard 2 ml cryovials stored in both liquid nitrogen and mechanical freezers at a variety of temperature conditions. The Biorepository primarily holds NMNH non-human animal, bacterial and plant genetic resources (DNAs, tissues and phenotype vouchers of genomic research and collections); in the future, environmental samples are expected. http://www.mnh.si.edu/rc/biorepository/index.html
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science The Bioscience Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNH) maintains a collection of frozen tissues from mammals, birds and mollusks for genetic study. http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/bioscience-collections.html
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCSM) maintains tissue collections (in ethanol, at -80C) suitable for molecular analyses. The NCSM frozen tissue collection includes specimens representing several vertebrate (mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fishes) and invertebrate (bivalves, gastropods) lineages, representing regional and (in some lineages) broader species distribution. http://naturalsciences.org/research-collections/
North Carolina State Museum Insect Museum The North Carolina State University Insect Museum is an internationally recognized resource for the study of insects and mites from North Carolina, the Southeastern United States, and, in several insect groups, the world. The museum maintains a Genome Bank, a cold storage collection used in molecular analyses. http://insectmuseum.org/index.php
North Carolina State University Vascular Plant Herbarium To increase the utility of its collections and to protect historical specimens from destructive sampling, NCSC is making freely available samples of recent and silica gel desiccated vascular plant material for taxonomic research. A unique attribute of this initiative in North Carolina is its focus on the scale of florulas, rather than select taxa. Making this material available for molecular studies that elucidate plant evolutionary relationships is consistent with the primary mission of NCSC to document and understand plant diversity. http://cals.ncsu.edu/plantbiology/ncsc/dnabanking.htm
Ocean Genome Legacy at Northeastern University The Ocean Genome Legacy Center (OGL) at Northeastern University is a non-profit marine genome bank dedicated to exploring and preserving the threatened biological diversity of the sea, and to making these materials widely available for scientific research. The OGL collection contains 23,000+ DNA and tissue samples representing 4,500+ marine taxa, including vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, and algae. http://www.northeastern.edu/ogl/
Oklahoma Collection of Genomic Resources, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History The Oklahoma Collection of Genomic Resources (OCGR) at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (SNOMNH) was established in 2006. The collection is a repository (archive) of biological tissue samples. The collection currently holds over 29,000 aliquots of tissue from approximately 600 species of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, with particular strength in mammals from Argentina and Oklahoma, and amphibians and reptiles from the Great Plains. The searchable database is now available, or via the portals GBIF, NBII, Ornis and HerpNet. http://www.snomnh.ou.edu/collections-research/ocgr.htm
Oklahoma State University Collection of Vertebrates The Oklahoma State University Collection of Vertebrates (OSU COV) houses frozen tissues from approximately 9,000 individuals. Samples typically include heart, kidney, liver, spleen, and skeletal muscle. Most samples are mammalian and are associated with vouchered specimens in OSU COV Collection of Mammals. http://zoology.okstate.edu/index.php/frozen-tissue-loan-policy
Oregon State University Herpetological Collection The research collection consists of more than 50,000 ethanol-preserved amphibians and reptiles, and approximately 20,000 frozen tissue samples. http://people.oregonstate.edu/~arnoldst/herp%20collection.htm
Pacific Center for Molecular Biodiversity, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum The Pacific Center for Molecular Biodiversity (PCMB) is expanding the knowledge and understanding of the natural and cultural history of Hawai‘i and the Pacific region through molecular research. The laboratory is an integral component of the Bishop Museum Natural Sciences biological collections, housing genetic material (extracted DNA and tissues) of biota (more than 12,000 specimens) from vouchers collected in the Hawaiian Islands and throughout the Pacific at ultra-cold temperatures for long term preservation. http://www.bishopmuseum.org/research/natsci/pcmb/pcmb.html
Plasmid Information Database, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center The Plasmid Information Database (PlasmID) was established in 2004 to curate, maintain, and distribute cDNA and ORF constructs for use in basic molecular biological research. The materials deposited at our facility represent the culmination of several international collaborative efforts from 2004 to present. http://plasmid.med.harvard.edu/PLASMID/Home.jsp
San Diego Zoo, Frozen Zoo The carefully collected and maintained frozen tissues and cell cultures that have been banked in the Frozen Zoo® over the last thirty-seven years comprise a unique resource contributing to the description and classification of vertebrate diversity. Frozen Zoo® now contains frozen cell cultures of 9,000 individual birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and fish. http://www.sandiegozooglobal.org/what_we_do/banking_genetic_resources/
Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection, The Natural History Collection at Texas A&M University The collection was originally composed primarily of mammal tissues obtained from genetic related projects of researchers at Texas A&M University, but has grown to include fish, reptiles, amphibians, and birds. These materials are maintained in ultra-cold freezers at -70C. http://brtc.tamu.edu/collections/tissues/
Texas Natural Science Center (University of Texas at Austin) The Texas Natural Science Center maintains a collection of more than 35,000 amphibian, reptile, and fish tissue samples. Samples are stored in liquid nitrogen freezers at ultra-low temperatures (-140C). http://www.utexas.edu/tmm/tnhc/tissue_grant_policy.html
The New York Botanical Garden The New York Botanical Garden’s DNA Bank is a centralized repository for use in analyzing plants at their most essential levels. Extracted DNA and tissue collections of the DNA Bank are authoritatively identified, properly documented, cross-referenced to specimens in the Garden’s William and Lynda Steere Herbarium and other herbaria, and managed on the model of traditional museum collections. http://www.nybg.org/science/dna-bank-search.php
The University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute KU’s Biodiversity Institute maintains a liquid nitrogen cryogenic facility to preserve the institute’s irreplaceable and growing collection of tissues of worldwide animals and plants for genetic research. Our recently opened centralized liquid nitrogen repository or Genetic Resources Facility is housed on the bottom floor of our specimen wet wing and contains two -170°C, 96,000 tube cryo dewars for long term storage and a -80 chest freezer for processing material. The tissue collections comprise the following: (1) Herpetology: ~35,000 specimens representing about 6,000 species from 16 countries with strengths in the Pacific, Asia and the Neotropics; (2) Ichthyology: ~11,000 specimens representing about 2,500 species from 65 countries with strengths in marine and freshwater holdings from Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, Belize, Fiji, Ethiopia, South Africa, Seychelles, Saipan, Tonga and the US. The tissue collection is searchable online (http://ichthyology.biodiversity.ku.edu/); (3) Mammalogy: ~6,000 specimens representing about 350 species from 10 countries with strengths in the neotropics, especially Costa Rica, Guiana, Peru and the Philippines; and (4) Ornithology: ~25,000 specimens representing about 2,800 species from 30 countries with diverse holdings from China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Ghana, Guyana, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Sierra Leone, United States, and Vietnam. Significant holdings are also present in entomology and botany but are not as yet stored in this facility. http://biodiversity.ku.edu/research-collections
University of Alabama Ichthyology Collection The Ichthyology Collection at the University of Alabama is nationally and internationally recognized as a biological resource. The collection includes over one million preserved, skeletal, and frozen specimens. http://www.as.ua.edu/uaic/
University of Alaska Museum of the North As one of the largest collections of its kind in the world, the University of Alaska Museum of the North's Genomic Resources facility contains over 160,000 tissue samples from voucher specimens archived in the Mammalogy, Ornithology, Ichthyology and Entomology collections. The storage facility consists of six ultra-cold freezers maintained at -70° C (-94° F) and three liquid nitrogen-cooled cryovats that maintain vapor-phase nitrogen at -170° C (-274° F). Information about individual specimens available online via the Arctos database. http://www.uaf.edu/museum/collections/af/
University of California Davis, Nemetode Collection The University of California Davis Nematode Collection (UCDNC) is known world-wide as having one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of plant parasitic, free-living soil, freshwater, and marine nematodes. The UCDNC collection also includes frozen nematode tissues, DNA samples, as well as living cultures of entomopathogenic nematodes from domestic and international localities. http://nematology.ucdavis.edu/about/facility/collection.php
University of Central Oklahoma Natural History Museum The frozen tissue collection of the University of Central Oklahoma Natural History Museum houses specimens collected and preserved in cryotubes without the use of lysis buffer or ethanol as a preservative. These specimens are frozen at the time of collection (either in liquid nitrogen or a -20C freezer) and ultimately stored at -60C to -80C. Tissues are associated with voucher specimens accessioned into subsections of the museum (e.g., birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, invertebrates, etc.). http://biology.uco.edu/uconhm/index.html
University of Michigan Museum of Zoology The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology Division of Reptiles and Amphibians maintains a collection that is worldwide in scope and includes approximately 8,769 frozen tissue samples. The collections are inventoried and associated data is managed in a FoxPro database. http://www.lsa.umich.edu/ummz/herps/collections/about-collection.asp
University of Wisconsin Zoological Museum, Ornithology Department The University of Wisconsin Zoological Museum houses an important genetic resource of frozen blood samples and tissue slides from representatives of nearly all avian families. http://www.zoology.wisc.edu/uwzm/collections.html
Virginia Museum of Natural History The Virginia Museum of Natural History has over 10 million specimens in its collections, including a frozen tissue collection with more than 8,800 samples representing more than 5,500 individuals. http://www.vmnh.net/collections
Ware Laboratory for Molecular Phylogenetics, Rutgers University - Newark The Ware Lab collection is a small collection (<3,000 samples) of tissue and DNA from selected Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) and Blattodea (cockroaches and termites) species. Contact Jessica Ware for details. http://runewarkbiology.rutgers.edu/Ware%20Lab/CONTACTUS.html
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Cryo Facility The Yale Peabody Cryo Collection (YPCC) is a common facility shared by the Peabody's divisions for preserving tissues and samples under ultra-cold conditions. http://peabody.yale.edu/collections/cryo-facility/cryo-facility