Biobank Preserves Genetic Riches of the Galapagos

The genetic blueprints for the dazzling biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands will be preserved for the future thanks to the biobank created by researchers at the Galápagos Science Center (GSC).

Biological and genetic materials are stored at temperatures of minus 80 C (minus 112 F) inside the GSC complex in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island.

“Any sample that we take is a very valuable resource,” marine biologist Diana Pazmiño tells EFE. The GSC was established in 2011 by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ).

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