Genetic Resources Collection

GRC Room 1The Genetic Resources Collection is a valuable resource at the Museum of Texas Tech University, providing a method for archiving tissues and their DNA for future research, including molecular genetics, epidemiological, and other relevant studies.

The Museum of Texas Tech University's Genetic Resources Collection is a biological archive of more than 305,000 genetic samples. These samples were taken from >89,800 individuals of predominantly mammals, but also some birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish 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.

In the coming years we hope to transition our collection into a state of the art liquid nitrogen system to provide the best environment for long-term preservation. In 2006, we completed a complete inventory of the collection which greatly improved our processing time for loans. We are working toward having our entire collection barcoded and cell-boxed. We currently have a tissue database and are in the process of gathering and updating voucher information for the vouchers not housed at the NSRL. At the project’s completion, we hope to have a unified database for searching the Genetic Resources Collection online.