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Biospecimen Science Group

The Biospecimen Science Group at NIST Charleston implements best practice standards in long term sample preservation adopted by the global biobanking community; develops cryogenic reference materials through unique expertise and capabilities; and advances cryogenic storage technology for stability and reproducibility of critical measurements.


The Biospecimen Science Group (BSG) develops and optimizes methods, protocols, and standard operating procedures for the long-term preservation of biospecimens and associated data to ensure sample stability and quality. The BSG provides the expertise for the cryogenic production of Standard Reference Materials® (SRMs) and control materials to support community-driven needs.  Advice, training, and biorepository services are provided to other government agencies (federal and state), scientific organizations, and American industry.  Research collaborations are maintained with the other partners of the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, SC, and with international organizations to establish best practices and advance biobanking technology and capabilities.  Operations of the national cryogenic facility, the NIST Biorepository (formerly known as the Marine Environmental Specimen Bank), as well as the Cryogenic Reference Material Production Facility, are also managed and maintained by the BSG at NIST Charleston. Click on the video below for a brief introduction!

NIST Biorepository Profile
NIST Biorepository Profile
An introduction to the NIST Biorepository

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Berlin Statement on Legacy and Emerging Contaminants in Polar Regions

Rebecca Pugh, Ralf Ebinghaus, Elena Barbaro, Susan Bengtson Nash, Cristina de Avila, Cynthia de Wit, Valeria Dulio, Janine Felden, Antonio Franco, Juergen Gandrass, Marco Grotti, Heike Herata, Kevin Hughes, Morten Jartun, Hanna Joerss, Roland Kallenborn, Jan Koschorreck, Anette Kuster, Rainer Lohmann, Zhanyun Wang, Matthew MacLeod, Caren Rauert, Jaroslav Slobodnik, Roxana Suhring, Katrin Vorkamp, Zhiyong Xie
Polar regions should be given greater consideration with respect to chemical monitoring, chemicals risk assessment, and management, consistent with requirements


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