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Russia to build 'Noah's Ark' DNA databank

By T.K. Randall
December 29, 2014 · Comment icon 9 comments

The DNA archive will be the first of its kind in the world. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Christoph Bock
Moscow State University will be storing the DNA of every living creature on the planet.
In a modern day equivalent to the biblical story of Noah's Ark, scientists in Russia are planning to create the world's largest depository of preserved DNA samples.

The university has been awarded a large grant to begin building the 'ark' which will be situated on one of its central campuses.

Construction is expected to take just over three years to complete.
"I call the project ‘Noah's Ark,'" said Moscow State University rector Viktor Sadivnichy. "It will involve the creation of a depository – a databank for the storing of every living thing on Earth, including not only living, but disappearing and extinct organisms. This is the challenge we have set for ourselves."

Once completed the archive will cover an area of more than 430 square kilometers.

"It will enable us to cryogenically freeze and store various cellular materials, which can then reproduce," said Sadivnichy. " It will also contain information systems."

Source: Jerusalem Post | Comments (9)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by bubblykiss 10 years ago
I am really hoping that they don't preserve all 3,500 described species of mosquitoes. I mean will humanity really miss them?
Comment icon #2 Posted by stevemagegod 10 years ago
They must have watched the Ancient Aliens episode on this one.
Comment icon #3 Posted by gailforce 10 years ago
what would Russia a militarily oriented country that's been brainwashed for being sadistic and occupation oriented ever since the soviet union in a chain reaction of generation change
Comment icon #4 Posted by Myles 10 years ago
what would Russia a militarily oriented country that's been brainwashed for being sadistic and occupation oriented ever since the soviet union in a chain reaction of generation change Is that a question? I applaud them for this.
Comment icon #5 Posted by highdesert50 10 years ago
How we need dreamers who transcend mundane realities, the politicians. Good luck to you, Mr. Sadivnichy.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 10 years ago
what would Russia a militarily oriented country that's been brainwashed for being sadistic and occupation oriented ever since the soviet union in a chain reaction of generation change How is this related to the military ?
Comment icon #7 Posted by taniwha 10 years ago
Is there 40 days and nights of rain forecast? Why wasnt i told?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Karasu 10 years ago
I can't support this. It's not from a political standpoint, it's from an evolutionary biological standpoint. All species have their time on Earth. If we die out, by natural cause; it's natures decision. If we die out, by our own actions; it's our fault. Even if we use it solely for species, outside human; it's akin to playing 'God'. Who are we to toy with nature? What gives us such audacity to choose what lives on? We can't even answer the question as to why we are here; who are we to choose what can live on?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Myles 10 years ago
I can't support this. It's not from a political standpoint, it's from an evolutionary biological standpoint. All species have their time on Earth. If we die out, by natural cause; it's natures decision. If we die out, by our own actions; it's our fault. Even if we use it solely for species, outside human; it's akin to playing 'God'. Who are we to toy with nature? What gives us such audacity to choose what lives on? We can't even answer the question as to why we are here; who are we to choose what can live on? I disagree completely. If we are responsible for wiping a species out, I think we can... [More]


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