PRESERVE. REVIVE. RESTORE.
Genetic rescue for endangered and extinct species
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Revive & Restore plays a role in Ben Mezrich’s new book WOOLLY – soon to be a feature film directed by Oscar Sharp.
Stewart Brand explains how we now have the technology to bring back species that humanity wiped out.