As part of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative Earth Optimism Day, a Soapbox Saturday event will be held on Saturday 22nd April in the Solutions Fair A member of the Frozen Ark will speak about the projects origins, the role of the Consortium, what it does and how to get involved sponsoring some DNA in order to help preserve endangered species for the future’ Please follow the link for further details http://www.cambridgeconservation.org/earthoptimism/
A screening of ‘Golden Genes – or how biobanks are trying to save all living things – including you’ will be held in conjunction with Earth Optimism Day at Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge on 26th April. There will be a session afterwards with members of the Frozen Ark Project on the panel discussing Biobanking, the future of science and application of such technology and possible morals associated with it.
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
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
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
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
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
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