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Elife. 2017 Mar 13;6. pii: e24611. doi: 10.7554/eLife.24611.

The challenges faced by living stock collections in the USA.

Author information

1
Department of Plant Pathology, Fungal Genetics Stock Center, Kansas State University, Manhattan, United States.
2
Phaff Yeast Culture Collection, Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis, Davis, United States.
3
Duke Lemur Center, Duke University, Durham, United States.
4
Department of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences and Peromyscus Genetic Stock Center, University of South Carolina, Columbia, United States.
5
Drosophila Species Stock Center, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, United States.
6
Bacillus Genetics Stock Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, United States.
7
Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, United States.

Abstract

Many discoveries in the life sciences have been made using material from living stock collections. These collections provide a uniform and stable supply of living organisms and related materials that enhance the reproducibility of research and minimize the need for repetitive calibration. While collections differ in many ways, they all require expertise in maintaining living organisms and good logistical systems for keeping track of stocks and fulfilling requests for specimens. Here, we review some of the contributions made by living stock collections to research across all branches of the tree of life, and outline the challenges they face.

KEYWORDS:

infectious disease; living stock collections; microbiology; model systems; plant biology; stock centers

PMID:
28266913
PMCID:
PMC5376150
DOI:
10.7554/eLife.24611
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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