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Thanks to the rapid advance of genomic technology, new tools are emerging for conservation. Endangered species that have lost their crucial genetic diversity may be restored to reproductive health. Those threatened by invasive diseases may be able to acquire genetic disease-resistance.

It may even be possible to bring some extinct species back to life. The DNA of many extinct creatures is well preserved in museum specimens and some fossils. Their full genomes can now be read and analyzed. That data may be transferable as working genes into their closest living relatives, effectively bringing the extinct species back to life. The ultimate aim is to restore them to their former home in the wild.

Molecular biologists and conservation biologists all over the world are working on these techniques. The role of Revive & Restore is to help coordinate their efforts so that genomic conservation can move ahead with the best current science, plenty of public transparency, and the overall goal of enhancing biodiversity and ecological health worldwide.

“Gone”— Isabella Kirkland’s painting of 63 species that have gone extinct since the 1700s.

The 02016 IUCN World Conservation Congress, Hawaii, September 1-10

Genomic technology promises a new toolkit for wildlife conservation. Where current methods offer incomplete or ineffective protection to threatened and endangered species, these tools could be the difference in saving them from extinction. Revive & Restore convened leaders in conservation to explore the conservation potential of these new tools. Find out more about Revive & Restore’s sessions on genomic technologies for conservation here, our press release, or FAQs.


Revive & Restore’s flagship project, The Great Passenger Pigeon Comeback, aims to restore the passenger pigeon’s ecology to North America’s eastern forests. View the project’s 20-Year Roadmap, go in depth into the project’s work, meet the project Advisors, and learn more about this historic and future icon of conservation.

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New York Times science writer Hillary Rosner explains how conservation is increasingly “a scramble for evolutionary resilience,” a quest to “shore up the good stuff and handicap the bad.” 

For the complete Op-Ed, please click here.


Learn how Revive & Restore is expanding conservation practice by applying new genomic tools to a variety of serious wildlife problems that have proved unsolvable by traditional means.

Please click here for our 2015 Year End Report by Stewart Brand.



Martha’s Vineyard could be the first to bring a beloved extinct animal back to life.

See “Heath Hen Tops De-Extinction List
Vineyard Gazette, 7/28/16.

Revive & Restore’s blog update.

The Woolly Mammoth


Dr. George Church’s efforts to bring back one of history’s most famous animals is already underway…[See Woolly Mammoth Revival.]

Watch TEDxDeExtinction Videos

Twenty-five extraordinary talks by leading scientists and conservationists discuss the concept of de-extinction.

Stewart Brand’s TED Talk

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

KQED Quest


Reawakening Extinct Species

Revive & Restore is featured in a Northern California Emmy Nominated KQED documentary: QUEST – Reawakening Extinct Species. Using new genetic technologies, scientists are trying to bring back extinct species… View the complete documentary here.

Recommended Reading

REGENESIS: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves– George Church and Ed Regis

regenesis_coverOne of the world’s leading genomic engineers spells out how rapidly his field is developing radical capabilities. (Church is leading the revival of the woolly mammoth.) See the complete recommended reading list here.

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