|Left to right: Anna Klindworth (OSD Coordinator), Mesude Bicak (OSD Coordinator/Bioinformatician), Katja Lehmann (RSD Coordinator) and The Smithsonian Goose!|
OSD samples will be stored at the -80°C mechanical freezers of the lab!
All freezers and refrigerators in the Biorepository are continuously monitored by an electronic system that calls responders during an outage or other emergency. This monitoring system is also accessible via a secure web application, so freezer temperatures can be checked remotely at will. In addition, state-of-the-art tracking and barcodes systems allow you to easily find and track your samples. So we can be sure that our OSD samples stored at the MSC are safe and trackable :)
As part of the tour, BioRepository Coordinator Chris Huddleston also introduced as to the Sampling Robot, which is used to position and label sampling tubes with the barcodes/vouchers that are used for identification.
As part of OSD Pilot, two samples from the OSD Sites Helgoland & Belgium were sent to the BioRepository. We were very excited to find them enjoying their new home at the BioRepository freezers! Special thanks to Antje Wichels (OSD Helgoland Site Coordinator) and Simon Claus & Klaas Deneudt (OSD Belgium Team) for their magnificent efforts and making the pilot pipeline a success!
BioRepository also contains large liquid nitrogen freezers which allow storage at -196°C (-321°F). We had a great time exploring them!
OSD Core Team would like to thank Katharine Barker (Smithsonian's Global Genome Initiative Coordinator) for organizing and Chris Huddleston (BioRepository Coordinator) for giving us a great tour!
Photos: Courtesy of Anna Klindworth & Katja Lehmann.