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 … Read More

Publication: Implications of the Nagoya Protocol for genome resource banks composed of biomaterials from rare and endangered species

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The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation is a multilateral legal instrument within the Convention on Biodiversity. It has now come into force, having been signed by 92 countries, 68 of which have ratified it, but notably these do not yet include the US, China, Canada and Russia. The overarching objective of the Nagoya Protocol is to prevent the unfair commercial exploitation of a country’s biodiversity and … Read More