THE FROZEN ARK PROJECT
Saving the DNA and viable cells of the worldʼs endangered species
With our UK partners, we are currently developing a comprehensive web-enabled sample database using the open-source software Specify (The University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute). This bioinformatics resource will provide a user-friendly web environment for sample requests, sample-use monitoring, reporting, updating, and gathering of statistical information on how genetic material is being used. It will also allow us to identify where genetic material from endangered species is already stored in institutions around the world and determine which gene pools need to be prioritised for collection and preservation.