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Frozen Tissues

The Collection of Frozen Tissues has its origins tied to the growth of the Collection of Mammals in the 1980s under the direction of Dr. Mark Engstrom, who is now at the Royal Ontario Museum. Major growth continued after Dr. Robert Dowler became the curator in 1988. 

The Collection of Frozen Tissues became recognized when Dr. Loren Ammerman arrived and assumed the role of curator, and she remains in that position today. Under her direction, the collection has accumulated more than 19,000 vouchered samples. The specimens are comprised primarily of mammals, but tissues of birds, reptiles and amphibians are also included. In addition to frozen tissues, the collection also maintains resources preserved in ethanol and lysis buffer.

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