Sample Procurement and Banking
The CSC supports translational research by providing oversight for a repository of veterinary tissue samples and operating a biospecimen procurement service. Through its efforts, the CSC acts as a bridge between clinical and basic research scientists within and beyond the CCMTR.
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Catalogued sample storage is available in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at room temperature, 4°C, -20°C, and -80°C. Should the CVM back-up power sources fail in an emergency, storage at -80°C is protected by a liquid carbon dioxide injection system. All samples collected by the CGRL are bar coded with labels designed to withstand storage at -80°C, numerous freeze-thaw cycles, and the gaseous phase of liquid nitrogen. Whenever possible, samples are stored in 2mL cryovials with embedded bar codes. These tubes and their bar code are also manufactured to withstand storage at -80°C, numerous freeze-thaw cycles, and the gaseous phase of liquid nitrogen.
Data related to CSC samples is maintained on a searchable, password protected inventory program designed for tissue banking (TissueMetrix; AIM, Inc.). The program is run through a single server computer which is backed up nightly on CVM servers.