End Extinction NOW

We’re collecting a DNA sample from every species on the planet.

So if any go extinct, one day we can bring them back.

Priority One - Vertebrates *

Total Known Species

72,168

Total Specimens Held

41,537

Species Needed

35,489

* Our first goal is to get the DNA of all the animals with backbones (vertebrates) which includes all mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish

Are you a Museum or Zoo?

DNAbase helps national museums and zoos to complete their collections of their native species.

We PAY for collecting specimens and also help with:

- Inventorying specimens
- Database services
- Taxonomy - classification of species and their varieties
- DNA Barcoding
- Specimen Field Collection. For example, non-lethal specimen traps, tracking, infra-red, lighting
- Freezing Protocols - Animal cells and their DNA are delicate and require anti-freeze formulations and temperature gradients to prevent damage
- Repository Management

Contact us now using the details below.

The Extinction Crisis

Potentially at risk of extinction:

Mammals 20 %
Reptiles 23 %
Amphibians 40 %
Birds 19 %
Fish 41 %


Frog extinction Rate 45,000x Natural rate of extinction.

Our mission is to get the DNA of every species of life on earth.

Our first priority is the endangered species of invertebrates, particularly frogs and mammals.

DNA Science and Resurrection Technologies

We believe that future technologies will, within the lifetimes of many people living today, be able to create any form of life using just its DNA code.

We have already achieved the most difficult milestones.

2000Human DNA decoded

2003Extinct Ibex mountain goat of Spain brought back to life for 3mins using frozen DNA sample and mother from similar species

2010DNA printed out from computer, using buckets of chemicals, and put in DNA-free cell which lived and reproduced
http://www.jcvi.org/cms/press/press-releases/full-text/article/first-self-replicating-synthetic-bacterial-cell-constructed-by-j-craig-venter-institute-researcher/home/

2045Any extinct species can be brought back to life with just its DNA code stored digitally [Forecast: DNAbase]

Projects

Australian Frogs

DNAbase was founded in Australia with a pilot project to collect the DNA of all frogs in Australia.

Worldwide, frogs are the most endangered genus of species because of a fungus that has been wiping them out. This chytrid fungus is believed to have started with a frog species brought to the USA from South Africa that was used to determine if a woman was pregnant.

The original frog species carrying the fungus was immune, but other species worldwide have not been able to develop immunity.

Indonesia Expedition

DNAbase also intends to send an expedition to Indonesia. The team would focus on collecting specimens of all the birds, mammals and freshwater fish that are unique to the location.

FAQ

I know about the Seed Vault, don’t they already have one for animals?

No.

There are numerous seed vaults around the world including:

Norway
London
Australia

However, it is much harder to make a vault for animals, because:

• Plants don’t move, Animals do
• Animals can be nocturnal, can burrow, hibernate, fly, swim or roam vast ranges making them difficult to find and catch
• Plants have seeds, which are enough to create life just by planting them in the ground. This has meant vast numbers have been collected over the years
• A seed basically contains a fertilised embryo ready to be 'born' whereas obtaining an embryo for animals is very rare and difficult to obtain in the wild
• Seeds are tough - seeds have tough outer shells to protect them. This means they don’t need to be frozen or carefully protected and can be sent through the standard mail
• Plant have cells with walls, animals don’t - this makes plant cells much more durable
• Seeds are easy and cheap to store and transport - they don’t need to be frozen which costs a lot out in the field and raises transport costs

When you collect a specimen, do the animals get hurt?

The animals will be captured with nets or other ways designed to be least painful.

In most cases, all we need for a DNA sample is a small sample of tissue, such as some hair, a feather or a skin sample.

Sometimes a whole specimen is needed in which case, the animal will be euthanized humanely.

When will we be able to bring species back to life?

Technology is increasing at an exponential pace according to Kurzweil’s Law of Accelerating Returns.

For example, the cost of sequencing the DNA of a single human or animal has decreased from $1 billion to $10,000 and is now approximately $1,000 and will be $1 by approximately 2022.

Who collects the samples?

We use only trained and experienced field technicians who can be university researchers, scientists, conservationists, museum taxonomists and zoologists.

Can I collect samples?

If the species is endangered then most countries do not allow you to touch them.

For non-endangered species you may be allowed, there are various protocols and techniques required to collect usable tissue without harming the animal.

If you are interested in volunteering for field collection please contact your national museum or us.

Contact

Are you a Museum or Zoo?

Let us collect all those species for which you don’t have specimens.

Just let us know what you’re missing and we’ll pay to get them collected.

If your country would like it, we can help train your staff with species identification through DNA barcoding, state of the art in-field equipment, liquid nitrogen storage facilities, DNA sequencing and more.