Hidden within the archives of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is a collection of old and rather neglected jars, boxes, and plastic containers. They include samples that have been donated from many different sources including tissue biopsies from animals with unusual diseases; trafficked objects seized by UK Border Force or the Metropolitan Police Force; or simply specimens that some long-retired zoologist thought merited keeping. Many of the stored samples date back more than 40 years.
Aware of the value that the impressive collection has for research, staff at ZSL’s Institute of Zoology recognized the need to catalog, process, and store the growing collection to safeguard the integrity of the samples and to open the invaluable resource to researchers.
Download this case study now to learn more about how the Zoological Society of London, using 2D barcoded sample tubes together with software and barcode scanners donated by Ziath Ltd., is creating an archive of unique specimens that will be available for researchers worldwide.