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Free Content The impact of oecd best practice on the validation of cryopreservation techniques for microorganisms

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Biological Resource Centre Initiative (BRC) was established after the 1998 Working Party on Biotechnology endorsed a proposal by Japan to examine support for Biological Resource Centres (BRCs) as a key element of the scientific and technological infrastructure for the life sciences and biotechnology. As part of this Best Practice Guidelines for the operation of Biological Resource Centres (BRCs) were published. Cryopreservation is widely used in BRCs and is seen as the method of choice for the preservation of most organism groups. This paper reviews the developments of BRC standards, how they are applied, current practices in cryopreservation and methods for validating the success of cryopreservation methodology.

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Keywords: BACTERIA; BEST PRACTICE; BRC; CRYOPRESERVATION; FUNGI; OECD; YEAST

Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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  • CryoLetters is a bimonthly international journal for low temperature sciences, including cryobiology, cryopreservation or vitrification of cells and tissues, chemical and physical aspects of freezing and drying, and studies involving ecology of cold environments, and cold adaptation

    The journal publishes original research reports, authoritative reviews, technical developments and commissioned book reviews of studies of the effects produced by low temperatures on a wide variety of scientific and technical processes, or those involving low temperature techniques in the investigation of physical, chemical, biological and ecological problems.

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