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High-quality plasmids at BCCM/GeneCorner thanks to Next-Gen Sequencing

05/08/2019

To provide both its depositors and its customers with the highest quality standards, the BCCM/GeneCorner Plasmid Collection has implemented Next-Generation Sequencing as a default quality control test to check the authenticity of its new publicly deposited plasmids.

For this purpose, BCCM/GeneCorner appeals on the accurate sequencing service of seqWell (Beverly, Massachusetts, USA), using the plexWell™ technology.

BCCM @ the Royal Palace

04/07/2019

BCCM contributes to the exhibition THE MOON: between Dream and Reality organized all summer long at the Royal Palace.

Initiated by the Federal Science Policy (BELSPO), the exhibition offers the public an original vision of art and science through art and research objects from the federal cultural and scientific heritage. This 2019 edition commemorates the 50th anniversary of one of humanity's wildest dreams: walking on the Moon!

Training ‘Moulds in the indoor environment and outdoor air': new sessions!

28/06/2019

This 5-day course is organized in Brussels by BCCM/IHEM and introduces you to the mycology of the indoor and outdoor environment. Participants will observe over 80 different species, covering the largest part of the commonly encountered fungal diversity. For more information, click here.

-        21 - 25 October 2019: course given in Dutch

-        16 - 20 March 2020: course given in English

-        11 - 15 May 2020: course given in French

GeneCorner distributes the smallest high-copy cloning vector ever described.

29/05/2019

pICOz, derived from pUC18, is a 1185-bp fully functional high-copy cloning plasmid with an extended multiple cloning site.

The engineering of this minimal vector and the potential use-cases for this tiny plasmid backbone are described in Staal et al., BioTechniques 66 (2019).

pICOz as well as its parental clones are publicly accessible via BCCM/GeneCorner.

 

Training on preservation of micro-organisms: Registration open untill end of June!

13/05/2019

The correct preservation of micro-organisms is of the utmost importance. Culture collections are experts in the preservation and safekeeping of biological material. They use the most adequate method for each material type.

The BCCM consortium organizes its third hands-on training on preservation of micro-organisms (cyanobacteria, diatoms and (myco)bacteria), a seminar on management of a culture collection, and a seminar on gene technology.