Division of Labor
Because of limited staff, the core favors a team-based approach for more involved projects. A team-based approach means that the core will provide training, access to equipment and standard reagents as well as quality-control feedback to someone from the recipient laboratory who will independently perform key parts of the needed experiments. This policy is essential to ensure that the core can serve everybody's needs. As a practical measure, shorter projects requiring only a single procedure might be performed exclusively by the core's staff. Official authorization and training is required for users wishing to handle zebrafish over three days old.
Good core citizenship means reserving and logging the time that you use core equipment, proper use of the equipment and being mindful of others in the core's shared space. To gain access, please return a signed copy of the NICHD Zebrafish Core User Agreement to Ben Feldman.
Charges for Service and Consumables
Core costs and pricing are still being evaluated. At present, consultation and training time, common reagents and instrument use are all free of charge but laboratories will be asked to pay for costly consumables.
Credit for Published Work
To help ensure our continued funding, it is critical that recognition be given on publications with data generated using the core's assistance.