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NEWS: Around the Arctic August 06, 2004 - 3:42 pm

Arctic islands to host “Noah’s Ark” of genes


The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Nordic Genebank are establishing an international gene bank in a closed down coal mine on Norway’s Svalbard Islands.

This cold-storage site is intended to serve as a kind of genetic “Noah’s Ark” in the event of a nuclear disaster.

More than 6,000 samples of seeds from grains, grass, vegetables and other agricultural plants from the Nordic countries are already stored in the mine.

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