The Genetic Resource Collection (GRC) at the Burke Museum is one of the largest such collections in the world.
Started in 1986, the collection now includes over 70,000 tissue samples from birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Fish tissues are kept separately as part of the Ichthyology Collection. The taxonomic breadth of the GRC reflects our strong commitment to general, in addition to research-driven, collecting. We also obtain tissues from animals salvaged by zoos, government and wildlife organizations, and the public.
Tissues are stored in six -80°C ultracold freezers, and most are associated with vouchers (animals) in the Burke specimen collections.
Search the Collections
- Bird tissues. Search the Burke’s Ornithology database.
- Mammal tissues. Search the Burke’s Mammalogy database.
- Reptile and Amphibian tissues. Search the Arctos website. To search Burke specimens only, select “UWBM Herp” from the Collection drop-down menu.
- Fish tissues. The Burke’s Ichthyology Collection cares for tissue specimens separately. Search the Ichthyology database and/or contact the collections manager on the Ichthyology People and Contact page) for more information.