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Volume 23 / No. 1 / 2012
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Seeing DNA and Beyond

3D visualization of the internal structure of a Gar fish
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Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC)

The BRC makes high-end biotechnologies available to all researchers, provides a wide range of instruments and services, and supports research and education.

Busting through the Unseeable

What do you do if you want to see ghosts? Call Ghostbusters! But what if you want to see infinitesimally small structures in a plant or animal? Call the BRC, the Cornell University Biotechnology Resource Center (formerly called the CLC, the Life Sciences Core Laboratories Center).

Illuminating genetic variation, protein modifications, cells and tissue structures, and many other fundamental characteristics of life, the BRC’s cutting-edge biotechnologies enable exciting and productive ways of seeing. These technologies are critical to understanding development, disease, and interactions between organisms and the environment.

The BRC’s laboratories offer an exceptional opportunity for creative applications with the potential for breakthrough discoveries. The center is composed of six core facility laboratories focused on genomics, proteomics, imaging, bioinformatics, bio-IT, and advanced technology assessment. The BRC’s array of state-of-the-art tools and technologies are available to researchers at Cornell and other institutions. Located on the Cornell campus in Ithaca, the BRC incorporates fee-forservice research, technology testing and development, and educational components.

Investigators spanning many life science disciplines and other fields utilize the BRC’s technologies and expertise. In the past year, 628 investigator groups used the facilities, including researchers from 79 departments in seven Cornell colleges and from 129 institutions in 38 states and 15 other countries. The center expects many new researchers and research projects in the coming years.

Reviewing protocols and planning experiments carefully to leverage the technologies is critical, given the broad range of capabilities and rapidly developing applications of the instruments. Accordingly, the BRC offers coordinated project consultations with the directors and staff of all the core services during the design, data production, and analysis phases of investigators’ research projects.

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