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Center for Conservation Genomics

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Center for Conservation Genomics

The Center for Conservation Genomics works to understand and conserve biodiversity through the 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.

Take a guided tour of the genetics laboratory in this video from lab manager Nancy McInerney.

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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.

Ancient DNA

By studying ancient DNA, scientists can learn about genetic variation and how certain species have changed over time. Ancient DNA methods have also proved useful in the study of wildlife disease.

Pathogens and Parasites

Smithsonian scientists study infectious diseases and their impacts on wildlife, including malaria, invasive chytrid fungus, tick-borne pathogens and more.


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.