The University of Guelph is home to a genetic Noah’s ark representing Canadian creatures from mites to whales. Now this massive archive – one of the planet’s largest collections of DNA samples – is available to researchers worldwide.
U of G’s Centre for Biodiversity Genomics has joined the Global Genome Biodiversity Network, a grouping of institutions holding DNA and tissue samples from around the world. It’s headed by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Users worldwide may search a new public database for all 1.5 million Canadian extracts held at U of G, and request samples to be delivered from the archive.
U of G’s DNA collection covers about two-thirds of the estimated number of species of animals in Canada, including insects and other invertebrates.
Those Canadian samples are among more than 5.3 million DNA extracts from creatures collected worldwide as part of U of G’s DNA barcoding project to catalogue life on the planet.