Living Planet: Gene bank conserves indigenous animal genes
| 05:38 mins.
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN recently reported that 20% of the world's estimated 7,600 livestock breeds are at risk of extinction. Similar to what’s happened to crop varieties, domesticated animal breeds are getting narrowed down to just a few types that produce the most food. To avert this dilemma and preserve genetic variation, the Ugandan government has opened a gene bank.