The Natural History Museum

Molecular Facility - support the Natural History Museum's vital scientific research projects

The study of DNA is an everyday part of the NHM’s research, playing a major role in resolving questions on the diversity of life, health threatening organisms etc. The Museum needs a state-of-the-art facility to store this vital molecular information to ensure that samples are available for future generations.

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  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Medical ResearchMedical Research


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  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
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Our scientists are engaged in a massive endeavour to preserve and study more than 70 million specimens in order to increase global knowledge of the biological diversity they represent. The creation of a state-of-the-art Molecular Facility will enable us to store our rapidly expanding collections of animal and plant tissues for DNA extraction. The facility will include means of storing samples in liquid nitrogen vapour (-80C), as well as fridges and freezers. The facility will support research across the museum from malaria and other disease prevention to the study of ancient humans and plant diversity.