[Xenopus] Nasco closing

Marko Horb mhorb at mbl.edu
Mon Feb 8 14:23:33 EST 2021

            I will let people know this information. I was unaware of the frog brittle since the last email I had from Nasco stated that you weren’t sure if you would continue it. Also I did get an email from Lori last week and replied but hadn’t heard back. This email stemmed from a community zoom call we had and they wanted people to be informed as quickly as possible.


From: <xenopus-bounces at lists.mbl.edu> on behalf of Deb Tipton <dtipton at enasco.com>
Date: Monday, February 8, 2021 at 2:09 PM
To: National Xenopus Resource <xenopus at mbl.edu>
Cc: "xenopus at lists.mbl.edu" <xenopus at lists.mbl.edu>, Lori Jacoby <ljacoby at nascoeducation.com>, Dan Brattlie <dbrattlie at enasco.com>
Subject: Re: [Xenopus] Nasco closing

Hi all,

Marko- thank you for sharing this information.

To clarify, Nasco will continue to fulfill Xenopus orders through the end of June, 2021. This date may fluctuate depending on inventory levels.
Nasco also plans to continue the sale of frog food.

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions.

Thanks to you all for the support over the years.

Kind regards,

Debra Tipton
Proprietary Operations Manager
Biologicals & Educational Kit Solutions
NASCO Education
901 Janesville Ave
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
PH: 920.568.5518
FAX: 920.568.5573
dtipton@<mailto:dtipton at nascoeducation.com>enasco.com

On Mon, Feb 8, 2021 at 12:53 PM National Xenopus Resource <xenopus at mbl.edu<mailto:xenopus at mbl.edu>> wrote:
Dear Xenopus community
            Nasco has informed us that they will be closing down their live animal sales as of March 31, 2021. They still have frogs for sale and you can contact them to place an order and they are willing to work with you on the ship date. They do not know yet whether they will continue selling their frog brittle. After March 31 there will be two options for purchase of wild type Xenopus frogs:
Xenopus 1 (http://www.xenopus1.com/Xenopus1/HOME.html)
Xenopus Express (https://www.xenopus.com/)
            Xenopus 1 does ship internationally. I have spoken with both those companies and they are excited to work with any new customers and have said they have capacity to cover the additional animals when Nasco closes.  Please reach out to each company to ask about their frogs and their availability. Xenopus 1 has wild caught and lab bred frogs, while Xenopus Express has lab bred frogs. Both companies also sell food pellets for Xenopus.

            The NXR stocks mainly transgenic and inbred and mutant frogs, but we do have some wild type frogs. Likewise, the EXRC has some wild type frogs for sale, but we do not have the capacity to meet all demand. Moving forward, I would be glad to hear from people about how this might impact their use of Xenopus and whether they have concerns about this. The EXRC and NXR are looking into whether there is a need for further expansion if there are issues with obtaining frogs in the near future. But we really won’t know unless the community informs us. We ask you all to let me and Matt Guille know of your concerns with this new development. Matt and I will work closely together to ensure that this does not have a significant impact on the Xenopus community.

Marko Horb

Marko Horb, Ph.D. |Director, National Xenopus Resource (NXR) |Senior Scientist, Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering
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