• The Mediterranean Marine Mammal Tissue Bank


How does it work?

To obtain tissues from our Bank please refer to the following procedure:

1. A written request (with a brief description of the proposed research, including its title, methods and aims) signed by the scientific investigator must be submitted to the Mediterranean Marine Mammal Tissue Bank's staff. When you write us asking for the samples you need, please state clearly that you will quote us properly and that you allow us to include your name and address in our list of correspondents. This list will not be made public, but will be accessible to the Bank’s staff only respecting the law 675/96.

2. Identify samples from the online database.

3. Contact the Mediterranean Marine Mammal Tissue Bank by e-mail, phone or fax in order to check your request. Any electronic or oral request must be followed by a written signed document.

The Bank received specific funding from the University of Padova and the Italian Ministry of the Environment.

The Mediterranean Marine Mammal Tissue Bank aims at gathering information related to several questions about marine mammal biology, genetics, anatomy, physiology, pathology and ethology that are still unanswered. The bank aims also at conserving and protecting marine mammals that live in the Mediterranean Sea by increasing the general knowledge on their biology and environment.

Responsibilities of the investigator

All the publications using samples coming from this Bank must include the following statements:

For manuscripts and theses (including PhD theses): “Tissues for this project have been provided by the Mediterranean Marine Mammal Tissue Bank, Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padova, viale dell'Università 16, 35020 Legnaro - Agripolis PD, Italy”.

For abstracts, where space is limited: “Tissues from the Mediterranean Marine Mammal Tissue Bank of Padova University”.

These statements are crucial for the future of the Mediterranean Marine Mammal Tissue Bank, and provide us with important documentation concerning the destiny of the samples.

How to

We offer histological samples free of charge.

Additional services:
- diagnostic pathology
- necropsy of whole specimens
- age determination
- parasite identification
- histochemistry and immunohistochemistry
- hormone assays in blood, urine and feces
- general info and specific bibliography on marine mammals.

The cost of those services varies and must be discussed.

Other info

Blood: the tissue Bank stores also plasma and serum samples. However, due to the limited quantity of blood that is drawn, or to privacy restrictions, we will not distribute these samples. In case you need blood samples please contact us, we will try to help you.

Special notes:

Nervous tissue: when you ask for sections of the central nervous system, you should identify exactly the part of the brain or spinal cord that you require. Please refer to one of the following Atlases (and especially to the one marked in red):

De Graff A.S. (1967) Anatomical aspects of the cetacean brain stem. Van Gorcum, Assen, pp. 1-172.

Jacobs M.S., P.J. Morgane, and W.L. McFarland (1971) The anatomy of the brain of the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Rhinic Lobe (Rhinencephalon). I. The paleocortex. J. Comp. Neurol., 141:205-272.

Morgane P.J., M.S. Jacobs, and W.L. McFarland (1980) The anatomy of the brain of the bottlenose dolphin whit comparative anatomical observations in four other cetacean species. Brain Res. Bull., 5 (suppl. 3), pp.1-107.

Morgane P.J., and M.S. Jacobs (1972) Comparative anatomy of the cetacean nervous system. In: Functional anatomy of marine mammals, Vol. 1, R.J. Harrison (Ed.) Academic Press, London, pp.117-244.