Special Programs

Saving Species: A Cellular Tale from the Frozen Zoo®

10:45 AM–12:00 PM Jun 20, 2017 (America - Los Angeles)

Room 2, Upper Level



At San Diego Zoo Global’s Institute for Conservation Research (ICR – institute.sandiegozoo.org), an array of life science technologies and informatics are being utilized in conservation research.  ICR is one of the largest zoo-based, multidisciplinary conservation science teams in the world

The Frozen Zoo® was founded at ICR when tissue culture was still an emerging technology and future uses of cryopreserved specimens were merely speculative.  Since the 1970’s, it has grown into the world’s largest repository of viable cell cultures - containing curated samples from more than 10,000 individuals of 1,000 taxa.  

The Frozen Zoo’s potential is being revealed through an array of biotechnologies, including stem cell technology, genomics, assisted reproductive technologies and tissue engineering. Working with Dr. Jeanne Loring’s lab at The Scripps Research Institute, ICR researchers created the first pluripotent stem cells from endangered species.  The Frozen Zoo® preserves threatened and endangered zoological and botanical species. 

Session ID: 25709