What's the purpose of the Biobank?
Any scientist (based at ZFMK or elsewhere) can deposit for long term storage samples that have been or can be used for molecular analysis.
The storage of DNA or tissue suitable for molecular analysis guarantees future availability for research, e.g. to validate or to expand on previous results. This enables also researchers at institutions without a biobank to comply with the rules of good scientific practice.
In opening its inventory to the public, the Biobank also makes it possible to conduct new taxonomic, phylogenetic, population genetic, evolutionary, ecological etc. studies, based on its samples.
Holding molecular samples in individual laboratories or freezers is a storage form sustainable only for very short term. Delegating those samples to a specialized storage facility - as it is a biobank operated by dedicated personnel - offers a standardized, documented, secure and sustainable form of storage.