15 June 2020

A vault for the microbes of humanity

© Joana Carvalho, IGC 2020

A new study finds that proposal to create a “microbial Noah’s ark” to protect the long-term health of humanity is feasible and should move forward into a pilot project phase, that would include installing infrastructure to store microbes in a site such as Norway or Switzerland and a collaboration for collecting samples all over the world. The Rutgers University’s initiative will give an important contribute to the health of future generations, safeguarding microbe’s diversity . Karina Xavier and Luís Teixeira, principal investigators at Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, integrate the scientific experts panel and will promote the collaboration with Portuguese-Speaking countries in the sample collection process. 


Check the latest news in the press about this initiative (in Portuguese):

in Publico

in SIC Notícias

in TSF

in Executive Digest

in TV Europa

in National Geographic