The core facilities function as a resource on Center science, other research projects at ISB and in the wider community. The cores embody the scientific philosophy of the Center, in which biological hypotheses continually drive the development and adoption of new technologies.
The Center research projects improved the development / functionality of the core facilities by setting priorities for equipment purchases, data production, technology development strategies and evaluation, and by reporting back to the core facilities which data generation strategies worked, and which needed improvement.
Due to Center funding the cores remain a central repository for best practices, quality control and data standards with regard to a given technology. Experienced core managers advise on experimental design and potential pitfalls, thereby helping investigators obtain results more expeditiously. Thus, the relationship between the cores and the research projects is strengthened via positive feedback.