OGL FAQs

The following is a list of frequently asked questions:

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Ocean Genome Legacy

What is Ocean Genome Legacy?

Ocean Genome Legacy is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to exploring and preserving the wealth of information contained in the genes (DNA) of endangered, rare, unusual and ecologically critical marine organisms. It carries out its mission through research, educational outreach, maintenance of a marine biological specimen repository (the Ocean Genome Resource), and by serving as a collaborative hub for other like-missioned organizations.

Why is OGL undertaking this effort?

To preserve endangered marine species and environments in the face of increasing anthropogenic threats and to provide genomic resources to the scientific community for the advancement of basic and applied non-commercial research.

Who does OGL serve?

Scientists and institutions involved in basic and applied research in marine conservation, sustainable resource management, medicine and biotechnology.

What are OGL’s primary goals?

To create a genome resource collection that provides primary materials for research, stimulates scientific inquiry and collaborative effort, and enables long-term conservation and preservation of endangered genes, species and ecosystems.

Where will OGL focus its efforts?

OGL will build and connect withphylogenetically diverse collections focusing on the most critically endangered marine species and ecosystems.

How will OGL achieve its goals?

OGL seeks to create a community of concerned scientists, institutions and individuals motivated to participate voluntarily in a joint effort to document, preserve and share genomic resources from the most endangered species and environments in the sea.

Will OGL support marine protected areas (MPAs)?

Yes. Please see our article and proposal for Marine Genome Reserves

The Ocean Genome Resource

What is the Ocean Genome Resource?

The Ocean Genome Resource is a collection of marine organismal and environmental DNA samples along with a database of their accompanying source, taxonomic and genomic data. Much like a library, these specimens are made availabe for use by individuals for non-commercial research.

Who collects the specimens?

OGL staff members do some collection, however, the OGR relies heavily on donated specimens from independent researchers and research institutions.

How are specimens stored?

Tissue and living cells are stored frozen in liquid nitrogen at -176°C. Extracted biomolecules and derivatives are stored at – 80°C with anhydrous back-up storage.

How is the OGR supported financially?

The majority of OGR’s support comes from individual giving, corporate sponsorship and federal research funding. Eventually, modest cost recovery fees and fees for service may also help defray some operating expenses.

What taxa does OGL have in its collection?

Search or browse the Ocean Genome Resource Collection catalog online to view taxa in the collection.

How will the OGR contribute to existing conservation efforts?

The Ocean Genome Resource will provide a vast reference collection of genetic materials that will help scientists understand the extent of existing diversity in the oceans and to recognize “normal” and “degraded” states of marine communities.