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Andrew James designed the Battersea Genetic Ark as part of his diploma work at Liverpool John Moores University. Intended to form ' the Genetic Pole' of an ecopark masterplan scheme centred around Battersea Power Station, the aim is to marry together the need for short-term education and long-term preservation to safeguard the natural world around us, and ultimately our own species.

The centre will contain at its foundation a 'tomb' of frozen genetic samples containing all the genetic material to re-mix planet earth after mass destruction.

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