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International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology (SARS)

Thormøhlensgt. 55
5008 Bergen

Tel.: +47-(0)55-58 43 44
Fax: +47-(0)55-58 43 05
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Type: Scientific

The Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology was established in 1997 by the University of Bergen, and co-funded by the Research Council of Norway and the Ministry of Education and Research. The Sars Centre is located in the city centre in the Bergen High Technology Centre – ""Marineholmen"", together with University departments and other units in the Uni Research institution to which the Sars Centre belongs.

Research themes: The Sars Centre performs basic research under the scientific programme ""comparative molecular biology of marine animals"". It has eight independent research groups and two associate groups, each headed by an internationally recruited Group Leader. The programme is defined and performance is evaluated in collaboration between the Centre's Director, an International Advisory Committee and the Research Council of Norway.

Laboratories: 15 lab units for molecular biology, and multiple specialized technical rooms, including for microscopy/imaging, microinjection, and cell culture.

Platforms: The Sars Centre is particularly well equipped for microscopy/imaging, including its own confocal microscope. It uses platforms of the University of Bergen that were funded by the National Functional Genomics infrastructure programme. These include the Molecular Imaging Centre, microarray and proteomics platforms at the Medicine faculty/university hospital campus, and bioinformatics support groups at the Science faculty campus.

Marine facilities: Access to the University’s marine station at Espegrend (15 km outside Bergen), in- and off-shore marine vessels and a ROV unit operated under co-ownership with the Institute for Marine Research. The Sars Centre currently has seven rather advanced aquatic/marine facilities at the Marineholmen premises, provided with water qualities and other infrastructure needed for culturing its model species.

Main marine models: appendicularian Oikopleura dioica, sea anemone Nematostella vectensis, ascidian Ciona intestinalis, acoels Convolutriloba macropyga and Isodiametra pulchra, rotifer Adineta vaga, annelids Platynereis dumerilii and Capitella teleta, sponge Sycon ciliatum, freshwater zebrafish Brachydanio rerio. The Sars Centre research also focuses on developing new model systems and experiments on optimising the culturing of those.

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  • Otjacques, E.; Duchatelet, L.; Helm, C.; Delroisse, J.; Hausen, H.; Mallefet, J. (2018). In the eye of the holopelagic annelid Tomopteris helgolandica, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) Book of abstracts – 53rd European Marine Biology Symposium. Oostende, Belgium, 17-21 September 2018. VLIZ Special Publication, 82: pp. 144, more

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  • EMBRC: European Marine Biological Resource Centre, more
  • ppEMBRC: European Marine Biological Resource Centre, preparatory phase, more

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