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MSU scientists discovered more than 250 new species in 5 years

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MSU scientists discovered more than 250 new species in 5 years


10.11.2020

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Over 250 species of living beings have been discovered by scientists at the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) in the past 5 years as part of the work to create a national depository bank for living systems the Noah's Ark. This was told by the rector of Moscow State University Viktor Sadovnichy, who called the project "unparalleled in the world", TASS reports .

According to the rector, about 300 scientists from the leading Russian university are involved in the project aimed at creating a bank of cell material for all living organisms. In the course of the work, nearly 700 collections were formed, which included over a million samples. Research data has become the basis for thousands of scientific articles.

Viktor Sadovnichy noted that as part of the implementation of the program, it was possible to discover and describe 250 living creatures that were previously unknown to scientists.

Noah's Ark was launched at the end of 2014. The work is going on in several directions; research is being carried out on animals, plants, microorganisms, fungi, and humans. The main goal of the project was to preserve the planet's biodiversity.

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