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A British-led project called "Frozen Ark" is preserving the DNA of endangered species before they disappear as the Earth undergoes what scientists are calling the sixth mass extinction.Launched a little over a decade ago by British scientists Bryan Clarke, who died last year, and his wife Ann, the Frozen Ark network now has 22 partners worldwide.In all 48,000 samples that have been collected belonging to some 5,500 species. By collecting Partula snails in his laboratory and sending them to several zoos around the world, Clarke was able to preserve some of the species.So many species are in such rapid decline that scientists say that the Earth's sixth great extinction is underway.About 41 percent of amphibians and 26 of mammal species are threatened with extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
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