Marian Dorcas Quain

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Marian D. Quain is a biotechnologist whose research focuses on utilization of tissue culture techniques for production of clean planting materials, germplasm conservation and use of molecular tools for crop diversity, disease diagnostics and molecular marker assisted selection breeding using transcriptomics and proteomics, as well as application of recombinant gene technology for crop improvement. Marian was a Visiting Research Fellow at Leeds University, UK, from 2011 to 2013. In 2013, she was adjudged the National Best Research Scientist by the Ghanaian Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA). She is a 2017 Cochran Fellow and a fellow of the Africa Science Leadership Program. In 2018, she won the American Society for Plant Biologists Award for Excellence in Education for her outstanding contributions to plant biology education.

Marian Dorcas Quain

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Cryopreservation - Current Advances and Evaluations sheds light on storage of cells at subzero temperatures while ensuring that biological functionality is not compromised. Cryopreservation presents a perfect technique by which life can be preserved for posterity. However, there are many challenges to overcome and questions to answer, such as: Are organisms and metabolic systems functioning normally after cooling and thawing? This book provides comprehensive information on cryopreservation with a particular focus on cryoprotectant agents (CPAs). CPAs prevent ice from forming on cryogenically preserved cells, tissues, and organs, but can become toxic at high concentrations. As such, more research is needed to determine their precise mechanisms of action and to develop potential new CPAs that will not compromise the biology of cells. This book is an attempt in this direction.

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