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Genetic characterization and cryoconservation of animal genetic resources
Item 3.2 on the provisional agenda of the 6th Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, that takes place on 24-26 November 2010 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, is dedicated to Draft technical guidelines for the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources. For this item, FAO has prepared a set of five draft technical guidelines, including one on molecular genetic characterization and one on cryoconservation. For the former, the 66-page information document CGRFA/WG-AnGR-6/10/Inf.7, entitled Draft guidelines on molecular genetic characterization provides countries with advice on how to plan molecular characterization studies; collect and evaluate DNA; organize and analyze molecular characterization data; interpret the results; and collaborate internationally to obtain the maximum utility of the information. For the latter, the 146-page information document CGRFA/WG-AnGR-6/10/Inf.8, entitled Draft guidelines for the cryoconservation of animal genetic resources, is designed to provide the necessary technical background for countries wanting to set up, implement and monitor animal gene banks. See the documents or contact for more information.