Primate tissue bank
BPRC's Primate Tissue Bank is one of the biggest non-human tissue primate banks in Europe. It is organized along all lines of EU regulations in harmony with Directive 2010/63/EU on the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes. The Tissue Bank meets the highest ethical standards, which is reflected by the three core objectives: refinement, reduction and replacement (3Rs).
Our tissue bank offers samples from different organ systems, using different preservation techniques. The specimens are provided to research institutes, universities and bio-pharmaceutical companies to different countries in Europe and outside EU.
BPRC's Tissue Bank contains systematically collected samples of different genders and ages from:
- Rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)
- Cynomolgus macaques (Macaca fascicularis)
- Common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus)
- Other species
The frozen and fixed tissue collections are a valuable resource of clinically and genetically well-characterized post-mortem specimens, suitable for a vast range of scientific investigations. Since the post-mortem interval is usually very short, it guarantees a good quality of RNA and DNA extracted from the samples, which is important for the authenticity of the final scientific data.
The scientists who request tissue samples are obliged to sign the Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) form.
The preparation, preservation and transport of the requested tissue samples can be adapted to the specific needs of the applicant.