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Microbial Bank
Microbial Bank
Microbial Bank of the PCMD is a national facility which supplies authentic microbial cultures and services to the scientific community, working in research centers and universities. Microbial Bank makes available a large number of microorganisms, obtained from culture collection organizations such as ATCC and NCTC. These collections include bacteria and fungi predominantly. The bank keeps these cultures in good condition until a researcher needs them to conduct a test, do an experiment, or perform an analysis.
Microbial Bank incorporates cryogenic storage facilities for the samples. The cultures are maintained reliably with minimal deterioration over time, and are protected from physical damage and contamination. The registration of each sample, entering and exiting the system, is centrally stored on a computer-based system that  is backed up frequently. The physical location of each sample is noted to allow the rapid retrieval of required strains.
The main objective of the PCMD Microbial Bank is to promote research and graduate training in the field of molecular microbiology, structural biology, bio-catalysis, and drug discovery and development.
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