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Biological Resource Center for domestic animals

CRB-Anim brings together six Biological Resource Centers (CRBs) managing genomic resources (@BRIDGe, CARARE, Cani-DNA, CRBA) or reproductive resources (Cryobanque Nationale, CARARE, CryAnim) and 1 CRB managed by Cani-DNA partner Antagène. 

CRB-Anim brings together public research organizations (INRAE, CNRS), higher education establishments (Université de Rennes I, AgroParisTech, Ecoles Nationales Vétérinaires, Oniris), a private platform and the ANTAGENE company. 


​Biological resources concern domestic animal species (farm animals and pets) bred in France and their wild relatives (mammals, birds, fish, shellfish, etc.).  The genomic collections of breeders' associations or selection companies are housed within the CRB-Anim BRCs. CRB-Anim brings together two types of collections: cryobanks, "reproductive" collections preserving semen or embryos in liquid nitrogen (-196°C), and "genomic" collections preserving blood, tissue or DNA from the same animals in laboratory freezers.  Research into genetic diversity, breeding and biomedical models combines these characterized biological samples with access to cryopreservation tools for biological resources.

CRB-Anim is the animal pillar of the AgroBRC-RARe National Research Infrastructure


AgroBRC-RARe is a research infrastructure included in the national roadmap that brings together five networks of CRBs conserving genetic, genomic and biological resources assembled and characterized by research on domestic animals, model or cultivated plants, wild species related to domesticated species, forest trees, microorganisms of agronomic or agri-food interest, and environmental microorganisms and organisms.

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18 June 2024

By: CRB-Anim - PH

CRB-Anim at the European Biobank Week (EBW) to communicate on the challenges facing biobanks and G2P research (from genotype to phenotype)

The European Biobanking Week (EBW) congress is jointly organized by ESBB (the European, African and Middle Eastern Society for Biobanking and Biopreservation) and BBMRI-ERIC (the European Research Infrastructure for Biobanking and Biomedical Research). The 2024 edition took place from May 14 to 17 at the Hofburg conference center in Vienna, Austria.

12 February 2024

By: CRB-Anim

Exploring genetic diversity: New indicators proposed for animal cryobanks

This study, published in the Animal Science section of the Peer Community Journal, proposes an analytical framework and indicators for the evaluation of cryopreserved animal collections for the conservation of genetic diversity. These indicators can be calculated at regular intervals to help plan and manage these collections at national and international levels, and to help population managers exploit the resources currently available. This analytical framework has been applied to the French national cryobank.
Stem cells and organoids - simplified versions of organs - are biological tools that have enabled major advances in biology and medicine. What prospects do these tools offer for research on animal species of agronomic interest? How can they replace or complement animal experimentation?

20 December 2023

INRAE Jouy-en-Josas

Alicia Jacques' thesis defense

Her thesis work is entitled "Introduction de diversité génétique dans les populations animales à partir de collections cryoconservées". It was carried out under the supervision of Michèle Tixier-Boichard and Gwendal Restoux
This summer school "Supporting the 3Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement) through the use of organoids" was organized as part of the European EuroFAANG project, in which CRB-Anim is participating for the biobanking part with its animal biological resources and associated data.