With the devastation brought on by Super Storm Sandy to NYU and their research program, the GEM Core is reminded of the research lost during Tropical Storm Allison in 2001. By having cryopreserved embryos on hand in the GEM Core and with subsequent rederivation by the core, much critical research was quickly saved after Allison.
Since 2001, the Core has added sperm cryopreservation as an alternative so as to extend the capabilities of preserving the mouse models here at BCM. Recently, some investigators at NYU have been in contact with the Core to help rederive their lines of mouse models. The GEM Core offers BCM investigators the ability to cryopreserve lines by either embryo freezing or sperm freezing. Embryo freezing may be best suited to freeze lines down at the homozygous state while sperm cryopreservation may present a rapid means of storing lines. Which approach is best depends on the needs of the investigator and Dr. DeMayo is available for such consultation.The Core is directed by Franco DeMayo, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology. For more information or to make an appointment please email: email@example.com, or visit the Genetically Engineered Mouse Core website.