The Mediterranean Marine Mammal Tissue Bank collects and preserves biological material sampled from marine mammals stranded along the Italian coasts of the Mediterranean Sea, in cooperation with the University of Padova, the Italian Ministry of the Environment, the Institutes for Animal Health, and with several other non-profit Italian organizations dedicated to the marine mammal research.
The Bank is a nonprofit organization and is funded by public bodies. We kindly ask all visitors to register with a simple and quick procedure to help us evaluate our popularity and ultimately to attract fundings by external partners.
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 staff of the Bank.
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.