We are a UK consortium of biobanks, museums and universities enhancing the diversity, visibility, and availability of zoological samples for conservation and research.
CryoArks aims to biobank genetic samples from animals of conservation concern. This includes livestock belonging to rare breeds or genetically distinct populations, where the aim is to capture and preserve as much diversity as possible.
The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) provides a legal frame work for implementing the third objective of the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Samples donated to the CryoArks biobank are received by a CryoArks partner institution (NHM, NMS, RZSS, Cardiff University). In donating a sample to CryoArks ownership is transferred to the Partner institution holding the material for use within the CryoArks Initiative.