The researchers plan to concentrate in one database the 66 000 vertebrate genomes to explore the problem of extinction and degeneration of animals.
Members of the Genome 10K consortium in new York announced the launch of a project to collect the genes of all vertebrates living on the planet Earth. This ambitious work is needed in order to solve many problems of biology, disease and conservation of endangered species.Scientists decided to collect 66 thousand genomes of vertebrates, male and female, and a kind of “Genomic Noah’s Ark” will be for the benefit of the environment so that researchers will finally be able to understand why certain extinct species, how they are crossed and in what condition at this stage is look.
First results of the work of the consortium was 15 genome reference samples of 14 species belonging to five classes of vertebrates: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. The project will involve about 150 scientists from 50 organizations from 12 countries of the world that shows the international interest in preserving the planet’s life. Genes that will be collected by scientists at four stages, plan to keep order in case of natural emergency situations to be able to fix it or even to alter the genome to make it more “clean”, that is, to eliminate the possibility of diseases, lack of a sense of self-preservation and other pathologies, however, as it is doing now with people.
However, such experiments on the children that will be born, and to monitor the birth of all animals impossible. However, the researchers believe the development of technology and that in the future it will be possible to create a new creature from existing genes.