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An irreplaceable resource

Because the Burke GRC is historically unique, it is irreplaceable. For example, it contains hundreds of samples salvaged with from the 1998 Exxon Valdez oil spill and from North Pacific fishing industries. To build a similar collection from scratch would take several million dollars and decades of work. Thus, the GRC is a priceless resource and especially important to the UW community given its emphasis on biotechnology and molecular biology.

Black-footed Albatross
Black-footed Albatross, Phoebastria nigripes
Photo by Dennis Paulson