Genomes are the databases of living beings and in particular contain instructions for the synthesis of proteins.
Nature contains millions of proteins potentially useful to humans and still largely unknown that can be used for many applications: new drugs, organic materials, depolluting agents, energy production …
Large DNA repositories (in natural history museums, research centers or through dedicated projects) allow:
- to have quick access to high quality DNA samples for a very large number of specimens representing all taxa
- to preserve rare and very small specimens
- to preserve, for future generations, the genomic DNA of many extinct or endangered species by stopping its degradation (inescapable under the conditions of conservation of the whole specimens).
For the constitution of such repositories, the conventional methods of conservation by the cold do not offer optimal technical solutions and do not bring a viable economic answer for the long term. DNAshell® technology makes it possible to create and develop very large-capacity ambient temperature libraries (millions of samples) with extremely low management and operating costs.