Nature 161, 428-428 (20 March 1948) | doi:10.1038/161428a0

Serological Museum of Rutgers University


THERE has been established at Rutgers University, in New Jersey, a museum for the collection, preservation and study of the proteins of the blood and other tissues of the bodies of organisms, in the belief that such proteins are as characteristic as other constituents and are as worthy of preservation and comparison as skins and skeletons. The establishment of the Serological Museum is a logical consequence of the studies in systematic serology which have been conducted at Rutgers University since 1925, by Dr. Alan Boyden and his students and colleagues. Dr. Boyden has himself collected many representative samples of the blood sera of animals from laboratories in the United States and Great Britain, and others have been contributed by institutions and individuals ; in recent years lyophilized (frozen and dried) samples of animal sera or of the purified fractions of such sera have been contributed by industrial laboratories. The principal objectives of the Serological Museum will be to preserve representative sera or other proteins of organisms and to study the means of improving methods of preservation ; to build up a collection of sera and other proteins of as many kinds of organisms as possible ; to share the samples collected with competent workers ; and to study the methods used in systematic serology. Although the sera of hundreds of species of animals have already been collected, no group of animals is as yet adequately represented in the collection. The sera of many kinds of animals—vertebrate and invertebrate—are still needed. The growth of this Museum and its capacity for service will depend largely on co-operative efforts by many individuals and institutions. Those interested in the subject are invited to correspond with Dr. Alan Boyden, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.A.