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National Animal Germplasm Program coordinator Harvey Blackburn and technician Ginny Schmit place germplasm samples into a liquid nitrogen tank for long-term storage. (Photo courtesy of Agricultural Research Service.)

When the sample of semen from the Duroc boar—a breed of domestic pig—arrived in Fort Collins, Colorado, this spring, it went largely unnoticed. But the scientists and staff at the Agricultural Research Service’s National Animal Germplasm Collection knew they had reached a milestone.

The boar semen was the one millionth sample of animal germplasm to arrive at the facility, which began operating in 1999.

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