PRESERVE.  REVIVE.  RESTORE.

Genetic rescue for endangered and extinct species

OUR MISSION

Revive & Restore seeks to enhance biodiversity through new techniques of genetic rescue for endangered and extinct species.

We work with the world’s leading molecular biologists, conservation biologists, and conservation organizations to develop pioneering, proof-of-concept genetic rescue projects using cutting-edge genomic technologies to solve problems posed by inbreeding, exotic diseases, climate change, and destructive invasive species.

WHAT WE DO

We convene biotech and conservation specialists from around the world through conferences, workshops, and an online listserv. We then cohere their discussion around projects to work on together. And we convey to the public exactly how the projects and technology work.

We contract with conservation clients, university laboratories, commercial biotech firms, and funders to carry out genetic rescue projects. Related projects run by other organizations we gladly champion so that the whole field can advance.

CURRENT GENETIC RESCUE PROJECTS

Ferret in Snow Revive & Restore

A FIGHTING CHANCE FOR THE BLACK FOOTED-FERRET

Twice feared extinct, the Black Footed Ferret has been the focus of a coordinated recovery effort for over thirty years. Modern genetic technologies may help complete the restoration of this cunning predator of the prairies’ keystone species: the prairie dog.

Heath Hen Revive & Restore

THE HEATH HEN COULD COME BACK

Restoring the Heath Hen – a species of prairie chicken that went extinct in 1932 – to the sand plains of the Northeast United States has the potential to revitalize the conservation of these unique habitats. The innovative science required to bring back the Heath Hen could open the door to genetic rescue for all wild bird species.

Passenger Pigeon Revive & Restore

THE GREAT PASSENGER PIGEON COMEBACK

The extinction of the Passenger Pigeon was a sobering lesson for Americans. A successful effort to bring it back would demonstrate the potential of genomic intervention and help to restore the ecology of North America’s eastern forests.

Wooly Mammoth Revive & Restore

THE RETURN OF THE WOOLLY MAMMOTH

As the possibilities of biotechnology innovations were revealed, the idea of resurrecting the Woolly mammoth quickly captured the imagination. The pursuit of this project has helped to identify immediate potential benefits to Asian elephant conservation. There is also a compelling climate change resilience rationale for this de-extinction project.

TO PREVENT AND REVERSE EXTINCTION

Many wild species are deeply impacted by the loss of genetic diversity and disease susceptibility.  Human intervention with genomic technology is needed to reverse their march to extinction.

Genetic Rescue Continuum Revive & Restore

NEWS AND EVENTS

Woolly Mammoth graphic small Revive & Restore

New Book on Woolly Mammoth De-Extinction

Revive & Restore plays a role in Ben Mezrich’s new book WOOLLY – soon to be a feature film directed by Oscar Sharp.

Stewart Brand Revive & Restore

Stewart Brand’s TED Talk

Stewart Brand explains how we now have the technology to bring back species that humanity wiped out.

Ben holding bird Novak and bird Martha Revive & Restore

The Great Comeback Down  Under

Ben Novak –  Lead Researcher for The Great Passenger Pigeon Comeback – is pursuing his Ph.D. at Monash University in Australia.

Hawaii Team Revive & Restore

THE PLAN TO RESTORE A MOSQUITO-FREE HAWAII

Revive & Restore and the Hawaii Exemplary State Foundation convened 42 scientists…