Don’t Worry About Doomsday, Botanists Have a Plan

“It will be like an herbarium for the twenty-first century,” said Jonathan Coddington, the director of an organization called the Global Genome Initiative (GGI), in an interview with Nature.

Coddington is describing a new initiative of the Smithsonian Institution to build a frozen library cataloging snippets of plant tissue from every species on the planet. The goal is to preserve this biomaterial for future genomic sequencing endeavors. It’s a task they hope to accomplish before many plants go the way of the dinosaurs.



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