Policy ForumEcology

DNA Banks for Endangered Animal Species

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Science  14 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5464, pp. 275-277
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5464.275

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Although biological diversity is being lost through endangerment and extinction, efforts to conserve genetic resources can mitigate some of the losses. The authors recommend collecting and banking genetic resources in a coordinated worldwide effort to store samples of DNA, DNA libraries, and frozen cells or tissues that could yield DNA, beginning with recognized endangered animal species. Such efforts should be recorded via a Web-based information collection effort in order to assess the extent to which extant biological diversity is being sampled for future utilization and in support of the conservation effort.

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