S'pore joins global effort to develop Noah's Ark for microorganisms that live in the human gut

The Microbiota Vault aims to preserve the diversity of tiny living things in the human body. PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO
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SINGAPORE - Climate change and urbanisation are driving species to extinction, but efforts are ongoing to save some of them from disappearing forever.

To save endangered wild animals, for example, zoos are nurturing "assurance populations" so their offspring can be reintroduced into suitable habitats. Even the continuity of plant life is being safeguarded at the Svalbard Seed Vault in Norway.

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