FASEB Launches Model Organism Database
A collage of model organisms: mice, pigs, frogs, fruit flies, zebrafish, roundworm, and Arabidopsis

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has created an online tool to help researchers find suppliers of organisms ranging from algae to mice, fruit flies, and maize.

FASEB’s new Database of US Providers of Research Organisms makes it possible to search for stock centers, living collections, and commercial providers. As of its launch in December, 2016, the database contained more than 120 entries that included academic, nonprofit, government, and commercial sources. In addition to searches by type of organism, a feature that permits queries by genus and species was being beta tested.

“This project puts information that has generally been inaccessible at the fingertips of the entire research community,” according to JR Haywood. Haywood, an APS member previously served as FASEB President and now is the Chair of FASEB’s Shared Research Resources Subcommittee.

“Collections are a critical component of research infrastructure, and we hope this database will increase awareness,” Haywood said.