China sent into orbit a capsule with DNA of a rare species of tiger

The capsule with the DNA of endangered Chinese tigers joined the “cosmic gene Bank” in earth orbit.

Samples were taken with the help of carrier rocket Long March 11.

Now tiger named Kahn-Kahn lives in the zoo in Guangzhou. From the blood of this rare animal were obtained lyophilized DNA.

Capsule samples for long-term conservation of the genome, launched into the sky on 22 December from the Baikonur Jiuquan.

According to scientists, this kind of tigers could go extinct in the near future. In a sealed container DNA is able to withstand the conditions of outer space, including the strong temperature swings and high radiation levels. This will allow our descendants to bring back extinct animals to life.


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