DNAfication of the Museum collections
The principal aim of the project so termed is the replenishment of the collections of our Museum with new kinds of materials suitable for molecular genetic research. This will make the Museum a place of concentration of not only morphological, but also genetic characteristics of animals. It is assumed that together with the museum staff, all interested people who want to contribute to the exploration and conservation of biodiversity of our planet, as well as to broaden their horizons and gain new skills and knowledge, will contribute to the growth of such collections. This means that everyone can become a participant in this project.
In the modern world, science not only develops and systematizes knowledge, but also actively interacts with society. The so-called “Civic Science” is a new trend aimed at a successful combining the efforts of professional scientists and amateur volunteers. The museum specialists are ready to teach you not only to discover and identify animals, but also to contribute to the growth of zoological collections.
The newly collected materials will be investigated by modern molecular genetic methods. The principal goal is to uncover a hidden biodiversity by discovering new species not known to science so far. We start collecting such materials with marine invertebrates. The project is led by Dr. Alexander Martynov, a leading researcher at this Museum and expert on the mollusks and echinoderms.