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Finally, India’s own Genetic Bank for Wildlife Conservation

Finally, India’s own Genetic Bank for Wildlife Conservation
Updated: August 17, 2018 /

A bank which will help in preserving some endangered species has finally been inaugurated by Dr. Harsh Vardhan (Union Minister). National Wildlife Genetic Resource bank has been started with the initiative of the revival and conservation of endangered and to-be extinct species in the near future. India’s one of a kind bank built for the conservation of wildlife was inaugurated at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular (CCMB) Biology Laboratory of Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES) in Hyderabad. This bank aims at the cryopreservation of living cell lines, embryos and gametes of various endangered species prevailing in India.

What is the Process of Preservation?

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  • To develop this scientific facility, Indian scientists (CCMB Scientists) have carefully studied the Frozen Zoo, San Diego Zoo, and have been in conversation with the experts of this field.
  • The process of preserving these cells and gametes is known as Cryopreservation and this process includes the scientists to preserve the cells at a temperature of minus 195 degrees.

Is the Experiment Considered Successful?

  • Apparently, few results have been seen in the past and Amrabad Tiger Reserve is one of the instances.
  • Mouse Deer Conservation Breeding Centre at Nehru Zoological Park and the efforts of LaCONES helped regain the population of this species in the Telangana forest.
  • Also wild animals like Blackbuck, Spotted Deer and pigeons have been successfully resurrected.

Is There Any Other Genetic Lab Like This?

The CCMB-LaCONES is the only lab which has been designed for the preservation of wild animals who are on the verge of being extinct or are ranked in the list of being endangered.

Future Perspective

The authorities of this bank are aiming to collaborate with other leading zoos of India and collect genetic samples of other animals. By doing this they also aim at increasing the sample collection by five times.

The genetic bank is a great and noble step taken towards the conservation of animals by the Indian Government. The ideation of starting this bank is being encouraged and supported nowadays and the authorities are working hard towards preserving the endangered animals and acting towards securing the possible future of those animals who might get extinct due to our actions. We need to support such a noble cause.

Shefali Sinha

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