Tissue Collection

Woman using PCR equipment
PhD student Shandiya Balasubramaniam using a PCR thermo cycler (photocopier for DNA), 2010.
Image: David Paul
Source: Museum Victoria

The Tissue and DNA Collection forms a central cryogenic repository of samples from reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, fish, marine invertebrates and terrestrial invertebrates. Many of the tissues are from voucher specimens located in the respective collections for each of these taxa. Tissues that are not linked to voucher specimens may be linked to images of the specimen from which the tissue sample was taken.

All tissues in the collection are stored in -80⁰C freezers at Melbourne Museum. The collection consists of a number of tissue types but is composed primarily of heart, liver, muscle, feather, blood, tail, ear and toe samples.

The Tissue Collection plays a pivotal role in molecular research in evolution, phylogenetics, species identification, conservation and population genetics at Museum Victoria. The tissues are an irreplaceable resource for understanding the past, reflecting on the present and looking into the future.


Last updated 20 February 2013