Center for Conservation Genomics

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  • women with pipette extracting dna
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Center for Conservation Genomics

Center for Conservation Genomics

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Conservation Genomics works to understand and conserve biodiversity through application of genomics and genetics approaches. CCG scientists creatively apply genetic theory and methods to gain knowledge about the evolutionary and life histories of animals, to understand the importance of genetic variation to their survival, and to identify the methods needed to sustain them in human care and in the wild.

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About CCG

outside of genetics lab CCG researchers specialize in genetic management of animal populations, genomics, non-invasive DNA, ancient DNA, systematics, disease diagnosis and dynamics, genetic service to the zoo community.

Non-invasive & Ancient DNA

DNA isolated from things long dead such as subfossil bones, mummies or museum specimens is extremely useful in studies of conservation and evolutionary genetics. Careful application of these methods enable researchers to estimate the levels and patterns of genetic variation in a species even thousands of years ago.

Pathogens and Parasites

Wildlife diseases may cause significant decreases in survival and reproduction in both captive and wild animal populations and thus are of concern for conservation efforts.


Center for Conservation Genomics scientists sequence genomes and transcriptomes in large part to develop markers for detailed population studies, and to assess responses to stressors such as pathogens and climate change.