Abstract # 25:

Scheduled for Thursday, August 18, 2005 11:00 AM-11:20 AM: Session 3 (Crystal Ballroom) Oral Presentation


J. Beck1, J. Altmann2, N. Flesness3 and O. Ryder4
1Coriell Institute, Coriell Cell Repositories, 403 Haddon Avenue, Camden, NJ 08103, USA, 2Princeton University, 3International Species Inventotry System, 4Zoological Society of San Diego
     The National Science Foundation has funded the Integrated Primate Biomaterials and Information Resource (IPBIR), whose purpose is to assemble, characterize, and distribute high-quality biomaterials from animals of known provenance with accompanying demographic, geographic, and behavioral information to stimulate and facilitate the study of non-human primates. The IPBIR is the first public repository to focus solely on non-human primates. Priorities include the collection of samples representing taxonomic diversity, the collection of many individuals of the same species, the collection of samples representing natural populations, and capacity building in range countries through training and resource development. Oversight is maintained by a Scientific Advisory Committee. The IPBIR has received samples from more than 800 primates representing 95 species. Cell lines are being established and DNA is available for distribution to researchers worldwide. To ensure quality before distribution, cell lines are tested for viability and sterility, for growth potential through lifespan determinations, and cytogenetically for chromosome stability. Molecular strategies are used for taxonomic verification. Each sample, uniquely identifiable and placed in a phylogenetic context, is available through a website which includes an atlas of origins for wild-born samples, easy taxonomic browsing, and characterization data (http://www.ipbir.org/). Through these methods, the IPBIR meets the critical principles necessary for a resource to serve current, as well as new and emerging fields of research. Supported by NSF BCS 0094928 and BCS 0094993.