Mail Online: Forget Noah! Scientists set up a ‘Frozen Ark’ to preserve the DNA of endangered animals ahead of the sixth mass extinction

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  • Scientists are using a ‘Frozen Ark’ to preserve DNA of endangered species 
  • Many could disappear as the Earth undergoes ‘sixth mass extinction’
  • So far, 48,000 samples have been collected, belonging to 5,000 species
  • Genetic material could be used for drug research or to resurrect species 

The animals may have walked into Noah’s Ark two-by-two in biblical tales, but nowadays these ‘arks’ are much more hi-tech.

Scientists have set up a project to preserve the DNA of endangered species before they disappear as the Earth undergoes what experts are calling the sixth mass extinction.

So far, 48,000 samples have been collected belonging to 5,000 species including the Siberian tiger and the Amur leopard.

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