Proposal submited to the MacArthur 100&Change challenge

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The Frozen Ark Project is part of an International Consortium whose longterm goal is to sequence all ~67k vertebrate species. We have submitted a proposal to the MacArthur 100&Change challenge that will award $100 million to identify and solve a problem. We are proposing to sequence the genomes of all ~8,000 endangered and threatened species on the IUCN Red List within 6 years. With our collaborators and partners, we have developed the technology to sequence ~3.5Gb chromosome-level reference genomes for … Read More

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

Newstalk documentary on the Frozen Ark

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An Irish radio station, ‘Newstalk’ has recorded a documentary on the Frozen Ark, in which Dublin Zoo Consortium member talked about their work collecting samples for the Frozen Ark.  The documentary can be heard at the following link. http://www.newstalk.com/Documentary-on-Newstalk:-The-Frozen-Zoo

Visit to the Ackroyd and Harvey exhibition

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Sunday 20th March, Ann visited the Ackroyd and Harvey exhibition at the Zoology Museum, currently open for the exhibition while the redevelopment work continues. Ann got involved with one of the installations, calling on visitors to overdraw, or make bold the 4374 critically endangered animals listed on the wall. As the Frozen Ark was founded following Bryans research on speciation of Partula in French Polynesia, which then turned in to a study of extinction, it seemed appropriate for Ann to … Read More

Soapbox Saturday ‘Conflicted Seeds & Spirit’

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Following discussions with Shelley Bolderson, Development Co-ordinator, Museum of Zoology & Cambridge Conservation Initiative on Saturday 16th April, the Frozen Ark participated in the Soapbox Saturday event, which took place at the Ackroyd & Harvey exhibition ‘Conflicted Seeds & Spirit’. This was an event that was organised for the penultimate day of the exhibition. Mike Bruford, FA Interim Director spoke at the event, about the essential work of the Frozen Ark, in particular and in direct link with the ‘Seeing … Read More

Cambridge Science Festival 2016; ‘Freezing for the Future’

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he Frozen Ark was represented at Cambridge Science Festival this year. Against the reality of the extinction crisis that global warming and ocean acidification present, Dr Ann Clarke discussed the Frozen Ark imperative to preserve the genetic heritage of our planet’s biodiversity before it is lost forever. Dr Ann Clark was joined by Tim Flach, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and award winning photographer. Tim’s photography aims to promote discussion and encourage debate and is used in publicity … Read More

Frozen Ark Project partners with the ‘Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage’ research programme at UCL

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Rodney Harrison from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL and it’s new research programme, Future Heritage (FH), have been in discussions with the Frozen Ark for over a year, regarding the conservation work of the Frozen Ark. In December 2015, UCL Postdoctoral Researcher Sefryn Penrose visited the Frozen Ark at their offices and lab space at the University of Nottingham. The workshop in Stockholm was hosted by FH partner SKB, a Swedish Nuclear Waste management programme and was attended by representatives … 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

Korea and the Frozen Ark to contribute to the cryopreservation of endangered species

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An international effort to freeze and preserve the DNA and stem cells of the worlds endangered species is underway. The importance of the DNA and cell bank is enormous with potential use in the identification of the reasons for species numbers floundering, the capture of incredible and useful characteristics of animal species and the potential to undertake de-extinction using ground breaking technologies that are under development today. Many nations in the world have joined together through the Frozen ark charity … Read More

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