I - Definition


Biological Resource Centres (BRCs) are an essential element of the infrastructure on which biotechnologies are based. These specialized resource centres acquire, study, validate and distribute collections of culturable organisms and cells (e.g. microbial, plant, animal and human cells), replicable parts of these organisms and cells (e.g. genomes, plasmids, cDNAs) and viable organisms that we are currently unable to culture. BRCs may also store non-renewable biological samples such as tissues, tissue fragments and sera. 

BRCs maintain databases accessible to potential users. They may also supply access to data processing tools and databases containing molecular and physiological data relevant to the collections (OECD definition, Biotechnology Working Group). "Guidance for the operation of biological resource centres"


• Preserving biodiversity 

• Distributing strains for research and development in academic science and industry, the environment, medicine and teaching 

• Informing the public

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