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The Frozen Zoo: The University Of New Orleans And The New World Of Saving Endangered Species

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March 12, 2001
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University of New Orleans scientists and professors are working on several programs aimed at preserving genetic diversity, increasing endangered animal populations, and saving animals on the brink of extinction--by stockpiling the genetic material (eggs, embryos, and sperm). They freeze the samples at -320F and store them in liquid nitrogen tanks.

(New Orleans) -- University of New Orleans scientists and professors are working on several programs aimed at preserving genetic diversity, increasing endangered animal populations, and saving animals on the brink of extinction--by stockpiling the genetic material (eggs, embryos, and sperm). They freeze the samples at -320F and store them in liquid nitrogen tanks. The goal is: if the animals near extinction, the samples can be thawed and used to produce offspring through assisted reproductive technologies such as artificial insemination, embryo transfer, in vitro fertilization, embryo splitting, and inner cell mass transfer with the goal of repopulating them in their original habitat.


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University Of New Orleans. "The Frozen Zoo: The University Of New Orleans And The New World Of Saving Endangered Species." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 March 2001. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/03/010309080531.htm>.
University Of New Orleans. (2001, March 12). The Frozen Zoo: The University Of New Orleans And The New World Of Saving Endangered Species. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/03/010309080531.htm
University Of New Orleans. "The Frozen Zoo: The University Of New Orleans And The New World Of Saving Endangered Species." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/03/010309080531.htm (accessed April 20, 2014).

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