Endangered tiger DNA sent into space as backup

By Li Wenfang in Guangzhou | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-12-24 16:09
The container for holding the dry powder of DNA of a South China tiger. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

It helps prevent the risk of losing such resources and may provide the last defense of original gene data of species on earth, protecting it from human influence.

The South China tiger used to inhabit eastern, central and southern China, and stands out as a tiger species unique to China. Living South China tigers are currently seen only in zoos.

The transport this time was arranged in partnership with Endless Door, an aerospace technology company in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, which has jointly developed containers for the dried DNA powder together with China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.

The container is designed to safeguard against space radiation and sudden high temperatures.

Previous research has proven successful storage of human and animal gene samples can be achieved in orbit.

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