ARS program stores livestock genes for future

ARS program stores livestock genes for future

As world's largest gathering of genetic material from farmed animals, NAGC stores nearly 1m samples from 31,000 domestic animals.

The National Animal Germplasm Collection (NAGC), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS), is working to ensure that livestock genetic diversity doesn’t disappear.

The mission is to build a germplasm collection as diverse as the present livestock populations as insurance against disasters like the foot and mouth disease outbreak that hit Britain in 2001. An incident like that could easily decimate the gene pool of a livestock species and cost

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