About Ocean Genome Legacy

 

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OUR MISSION

Ocean Genome Legacy is a nonprofit, marine research organization and biological specimen repository dedicated to exploring and preserving the wealth of information contained in the DNA of marine organisms.

Our mission is to acquire, authenticate, study, preserve, develop, and distribute genetic materials, biological specimens, information, technology, and standards needed to advance basic and applied non-commercial research.

By providing secure storage and broad public access to genomic materials and a forum for sharing samples, data, and ideas, OGL aims to serve as a catalyst for research that can help to protect marine ecosystems and improve the human condition.

Learn why the Ocean Genome Legacy Center’s marine biorepository is an important tool for conservationists and researchers alike.

“We know that species are disappearing from the oceans at an alarming rate, and so much of what’s underwater remains a mystery to us; it would be a horrible shame if all of that biological diversity that we know is out there would disappear before we even had a chance to name all those species.”

-Dr. Dan Distel, Executive Director of the Ocean Genome Legacy Center

ABOUT OUR COLLECTION

OGL’s collection contains DNA and tissue samples from diverse marine and aquatic organisms and are stored in our secure, state-of-the-art facility in Nahant, Massachusetts.

OGL accelerates scientific discovery and improves research efficiency by:

Preserving samples for OGL's biorepository

Preserving valuable biological materials for the benefit of the broader scientific community.

OGL gene bank biorepository for marine DNA

Establishing collection and archival practices that meet the highest technical, legal, and ethical standards.

Creating a forum for sharing materials and metadata worldwide.

Developing new applications for DNA extraction and procedures for assessing its quality.

WITH THE HELP OF OUR CONTRIBUTORS, OGL’S COLLECTION CONTAINS:

Map of OGL specimen and collaborator origins

Specimen collection locations are indicated by yellow dots, while collaborator locations are orange-highlighted countries.

DNA Samples

Marine Families

Identified Species

OGL DISTRIBUTES GENOMIC DNA SAMPLES TO RESEARCHERS ACROSS A VARIETY OF DISCIPLINES AROUND THE WORLD:

Total Number of Distributions

# of Countries

OGL’S IMPACT

A few examples of the more than 30 peer-reviewed papers that acknowledge OGL

Black coral preservation project:

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation awarded OGL a grant to build a reference DNA collection of black corals. OGL’s collection of legally obtained, well-documented black coral DNA samples will help scientists and law enforcement identify unknown samples for conservation purposes as well as basic research.

The Philippine Mollusk Symbiont ICBG (PMS ICBG) project:

A project that links a biodiversity survey of marine mollusks in one of the world’s hotspots of diversity, with enzyme and drug discovery aimed at bacterial symbionts of mollusks.  OGL will be responsible for archiving appropriate tissue samples and bacterial isolates for public access.

A phylogenic analysis performed using OGL samples:

Filipe Pereira, Sara Duarte-Pereira, Raquel M. Silva, Luís Teixeira da Costa, and Isabel Pereira-Castro (2016). Evolution of the NET (NocA, Nlz, Elbow, TLP-1) protein family in metazoans: insights from expression data and phylogenetic analysis. Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 38383.

THE OGL TEAM

Dan Distel, PhD
Director and Research Professor
781.581.7370, ext.339
d.distel@northeastern.edu
Hannah Appiah-Madson, MS
Research Technician
781.581.7370 ext. 343
h.appiah-madson@northeastern.edu

Reuben Shipway, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
781.581.7370, ext. 309
j.shipway@northeastern.edu

Rosie Falco, MS
Research Technician
781.581.7370, ext. 343
r.falco@northeastern.edu

 

Dr. John A.H. Benzie
University College Cork

Dr. Rita R. Colwell
University of Maryland

Dr. Donald G. Comb
New England Biolabs, Inc.

James Ellard (Secretary)
New England Biolabs, Inc.

Mr. Ian Gardiner
Oppenheimer & Co.

Dr. Philip Goelet
Red Abbey Venture Partners

Carol L. Horvitz, JD, MPH
Joslin Diabetes Center

Dr. Solomon H. Katz
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Richard J. Roberts (Chairman/President)
New England Biolabs

Dr. Wolfgang E. Sterrer
Bermuda Aquarium, Natural History Museum & Zoo

Our Contributors and Collaborators

We thank the following organizations for their contributions to OGL and their use of OGL materials in their research:
Academic Institutions
Organizations
Museums, Zoos & Aquariums