Through its partnerships with industry, government, and academia, NIST is helping to advance measurements and tools for environmental science, for example by calibrating the sensors of climate-mapping satellites and detecting ever more minute quantities of toxins and pollutants in our air, soil, water and blood.
For 40 years, NIST has been involved in archiving biological and environmental specimens in its biorepository. The specimen range from human livers, marine sediments, and fish tissues to mussels, oysters, marine mammal tissues, bird eggs and feathers, and sea turtle tissues and eggs. This national biorepository, located at the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, S.C., is a unique resource that processes and preserves biospecimens at cryogenic temperatures (-150 °C), as well as the associated data, that are maintained through multiple partner projects.
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