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Snow blows off the Svalbard Global Seed Vault as photographers picture it before being inaugurated at sunrise on February 26, 2008 in Longyearbyen. The Global Seed Vault has been built in a mountainside cavern on the island of Svalbard, around 1000 km from the North Pole, to store the world's crop seeds in case of a disaster. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL SANNUM LAUTEN (Photo credit should read DANIEL SANNUM LAUTEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Snow blows off the Svalbard Global Seed Vault as photographers picture it before being inaugurated at sunrise on February 26, 2008 in Longyearbyen. The Global Seed Vault has been built in a mountainside cavern on the island of Svalbard, around 1000 km from the North Pole, to store the world's crop seeds in case of a disaster. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL SANNUM LAUTEN (Photo credit should read DANIEL SANNUM LAUTEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Middle East's seed supply was once stored in Aleppo, Syria but researchers there have fled. Now they're hoping to take seeds from a back-up vault in Norway.

Scientists ask to open 'Doomsday Vault'

The Middle East's seed supply was once stored in Aleppo, Syria but researchers there have fled. Now they're hoping to take seeds from a back-up vault in Norway.