Russia To Build World s First DNA Databank

World's first DNA databank

Noah's Ark might be a Biblical tale, but Russia is trying to recreate it as a DNA databank.

The Moscow State University received a scientific grant to start the project Noah's Ark. The project will allow scientists to collect the DNA of every living and extinct creature for the world's first DNA databank. The grant given to the university was of 1 billion rubles, which translates to $194 million.

The 'ark' will be approximately 430 sq km in size and it'll be located at one of the university's central campuses.

"It will enable us to cryogenically freeze and store various cellular materials, which can then reproduce," Sadivnichy said. "It will also contain information systems. Not everything needs to be kept in a petri dish."

Sadivnichy said the databank will be completed by 2018.


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