Preserving Endangered Species According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, almost 400 animal species and 600 plants are listed as endangered species. What can be done to preserve these organisms and the wealth of genetic information stored in their genomes? In this hour, a re-broadcast of our Denver show from the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, we'll take a look at how scientists are working to conserve endangered plants and animals. Will saving the genetic information of endangered species -- in seed banks and "frozen zoos" -- protect them from extinction?

Guests:

Kathryn Kennedy
* President and Executive Director, Center for Plant Conservation, (hosted by) Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis, Missouri

Christina Walters
* Research Leader, Plant Germplasm Preservation Research Unit, Agricultural Research Service-National Center for Genetic Resources, Preservation, United States Department of Agriculture Fort Collins, Colorado

Oliver Ryder
* Head of the Genetics Division, Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species, Zoological Society of San Diego
* Adjunct Professor, Biology, University of California San Diego

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According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, almost 400 animal species and 600 plants are listed as endangered species. What can be done to preserve these organisms and the wealth of genetic information stored in their genomes? In this hour, a re-broadcast of our Denver show from the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, we'll take a look at how scientists are working to conserve endangered plants and animals. Will saving the genetic information of endangered species — in seed banks and "frozen zoos" — protect them from extinction?

Guests:

Kathryn Kennedy
* President and Executive Director, Center for Plant Conservation, (hosted by) Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis, Missouri

Christina Walters
* Research Leader, Plant Germplasm Preservation Research Unit, Agricultural Research Service-National Center for Genetic Resources, Preservation, United States Department of Agriculture Fort Collins, Colorado

Oliver Ryder
* Head of the Genetics Division, Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species, Zoological Society of San Diego
* Adjunct Professor, Biology, University of California San Diego