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Want to become a “Guardian of Microbial Diversity” support microbe collections

Collections of microbial cultures are critical tools in studying the microbial world around us. I have learned this from personal experience. The DSMZ for example, was absolutely essential to the entire GEBA (Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea) project I coordinated via the DOE-JGI. I recommend that everyone out there find ways to support various microbial culture collections. Deposit your strains. Order from these collections. Support them financially and in other ways. Do what you can to keep these critical resources viable.

For more, see this article in Scientific American: Culture Shock: Precious Microbe Collections Languish in Threatened Bio-Libraries

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David Coil

David Coil is a Project Scientist in the lab of Jonathan Eisen at UC Davis. David works at the intersection between research, education, and outreach in the areas of the microbiology of the built environment, microbial ecology, and bacterial genomics. Twitter

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