National Cancer Institute
This project is part of an ongoing collection curation and archiving project funded through a contract National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute (NCI) - Natural Products Branch. NCI conducts many bioprospecting surveys in marine and terrestrial environments. The material collected from these bioprospecting surveys are screened for anticancer compounds that may prove useful for medicinal purposes. Marine specimens are kept at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland and housed within the Invertebrate Zoology department's Pod 5. There, the morphological vouchers of marine invertebrate specimens are curated to Smithsonian standards and stored with professional collection management.