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National Resource Center for Cephalopods (NRCC)
The NRCC is located 50 miles south of Houston with access to Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It offers production systems for the culture of cephalopods, dormitory-style housing for visiting scientists, office space, computing resources, dry and wet laboratories, aquaculture facilities and docking space for research vessels. Its new Harborside Campus resources include a state of the art aquaculture facility in Ewing Hall.
The NRCC has a 20-year history of providing the biomedical research community with squid, cuttlefish and other cephalopods for research. It is the only facility to date that has been able to culture squids from egg to adulthood for multiple generations. It is able to provide known-age squid, cuttlefishes and octopuses as well as cells, tissues and organ systems to researchers without the trauma of mass harvesting, thus providing excellent research animals while preserving the natural populations of cephalopods in the oceans. It also hosts CephBase (http://www.cephbase.utmb.edu/), the world portal for information on cephalopods, which was originally funded by the Sloan Foundation as part of the Census of Marine Life and is currently funded by the National Science Foundation.
Affiliation: University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), University of Texas at Austin (UT)
Type of Organization: Marine Research Center or Laboratory
Main Field of Focus: Biomedical Research
Year Created: 1975
Contact Person: Lee, Phillip G.
Keywords: Biomedical, Squid, Galveston, Cuttlefish, Cephalopod, Octopus
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