Aging Tissue Bank (ATB) was established to secure aging animals and get their tissues for the aging research. Providing aging animals and aging tissues enables researchers to save time and resources for breeding and aging animals. ATB’s goal is to accelerate the study of aging and geriatric diseases and contribute to solving medical and social problems of the elderly.
Animal Bio Resources Bank (ABRB) was established in 2007 to collect and provide bio-resources involved in animal metabolism (antibiotic function , bone growth, fat metabolism, cholesterol metabolism, food metabolism, immune response, defense against diseases, specific IgY, etc.). The roles of ABRB are; 1) development of animal bio-resources 2) international cooperation 3) distribution of bio-resources in domestic and foreign countries 4) organization of networks in animal bio-resources fields and livestock industry.
Arthropods of Medical Importance Resource Bank (AMIB) was established to collect and rear the arthropods which influence human health by transmitting viruses, bacteria, rickettsia or parasites and eliciting allergic reactions. AMIB provides materials of arthropods such as toxic substances, allergens and genetic material to researchers in medical and biological fields and other applied health industries.
Bovine Genome Resources Bank (BGRB) was established in 2007 to collect and maintain a variety of genetic resources and information for bovine genome researches including genomic library, DNA samples from many cattle individuals and well-organized computer-assisted database. BGRB distributes genomic resources and provides useful tools for identifying genes with economically important traits for the improvement of the cattle production in the future.
Xenopus is an african clawed frog which has been used as an essential vertebrate development and cell differentiation model animal about 100 years and achieved two times Novel prize with the research using it. Korea Xenopus resource center for research (KXRCR) will provide adult Xenopus including wild type and albino Xenopus laevis, Xenopus tropicalis, mutant animals and various related resources including genes, reporters for drug screening, germ layer specific gene and Chip seq profiles to related researchers and education fields.
Neuromarker Resource Bank (NRB) at the Chungbuk National University was established for collection and distribution of neural cell type specific specimen of mouse. The NRB is a central resource bank for experimentally validated mouse non-coding DNA with gene enhancer activity as confirmed in transgenic mice. The information of resources created by transgenic technique is available to the scientific community through this public website. The NRB also distributes various BAC, cDNA and total RNA, Protein, genomic DNA sampled from mouse brain.
Parasitic infection still remains an important health issue in developing countries. Parasite Resource Bank (PRB) was established in 2005 with a goal to provide researchers with parasite resources causing human and animal diseases. PRB has built a management system with standardized methods for collection, classification, identification, preservation and distribution of parasite resources. PRB also aims to promote and encourage the research activities in multidisciplinary scientific fields of basic medical science, bioengineering, comparative genomics, and conservation biology.
Zebrafish has several advantages over other animals such as mouse and Xenopus for studying developmental biology. Genetic mutations can be made easily and the analysis of genes by positional cloning and reverse genetics is very simple. Also, the embryological development of organs can be easily observed since its embryos are transparent. Zebrafish Resource Bank (ZOMB) was established in 2003 and has developed or received deposits of mutants and transformants of zebrafish. These resources are stored and managed to be distributed to researchers free of charge. Also, ZOMB organizes workshops and research societies of zebrafish for sharing information and ideas.
The Biodiversity Bank of Terrestrial Annelids
2005 ~ 2010
The Biodiversity Bank of Terrestrial Annelids, BBTA, has appointed form MEST at Jul. 2005. Its main research resource material are earthworms and leeches which are major organisms maintaining the soil ecosystem, it is not only used in biomedicine pharmaceutical, agricultural industry, environment engineering applications, but also in development of the basic science and usefulness of the education resources, etc. Therefore, we are achieving guarantee, new resource development, management, distribution of research resources from Korea domestic species as well as ones living from overseas including East-Asia.
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