Press Coverage

Reawakening Extinct Species
– GABRIELA QUIROS, April 22, 2014.
Using new genetic technologies, scientists are trying to bring back extinct species. Meet researchers working to revive the passenger pigeon, once the most abundant bird in the world, and the woolly mammoth, which they say could slow down the melting of Arctic permafrost.

The New York TimesBrandon Blommaert
Tweaking Genes to Save Species
– HILLARY ROSNER, April 17, 2016.
“On a rapidly changing planet, conservation is increasingly a scramble for evolutionary resilience, a quest to help species survive the myriad challenges they face, to shore up the good stuff and handicap the bad. New genetic techniques could provide powerful weapons to the conservation arsenal, and a new path toward evolutionary resilience just when we need it most.”


    Why Extinction Doesn’t Have to be Forever Anymore  

    – Helen Pilcher, December, 2016.
    “Through de-extinction, scientists seek to create, not lonely zoo exhibits, but large numbers of genetically vibrant animals that could, one day, be released into the wild where it’s hoped they will interact with the environment in a positive way.”




    How the DNA Revolution Is Changing Us   

    – Michael Specter, August, 2016.
    Thanks to CRISPR, “for the first time, scientists can quickly and precisely alter, delete, and rearrange the DNA of nearly any living organism, including us. In the past three years, the technology has transformed biology.”



  • MARTHA’S VINEYARD GAZETTEScreen Shot 2016-08-04 at 4.50.48 PM
    Heath Hen Tops De-Extinction List  

    – Sara Brown, July, 2016.
    “While the prospect of a living heath hen is still years and several scientific steps away, the project has already put the Vineyard at the forefront of new technology that could have broad applications in wildlife conservation.”



    Tweaking Genes to Save Species
    Brandon Blommaert– Hillary Rosner, April, 2016.
    “Conservation is increasingly a scramble for evolutionary resilience, a quest to help species survive the myriad challenges they face, to shore up the good stuff and handicap the bad.”


  • Vineyard GazetteVINEYARD GAZETTE
    “Heath Hen as Gateway Bird for De-extinction Inches Closer to Reality”
    – By Sara Brown, 8/20/15
    …The first phase of a ground-breaking project to bring the heath hen back from extinction has been successfully completed, scientists told a group of Vineyard donors this week. With DNA sequencing of both the extinct bird and its closest living relative complete, the path to bringing back the heath hen is not only getting more tangible, but scientists say the heath hen could be “the gateway bird” for avian de-extinction, paving the way to bringing back other extinct species or saving endangered animals.
  • Vineyard GazetteVINEYARD GAZETTE
    “Heath Hen Project Advances Quickly”
    – By Sara Brown, 3/5/15
    …using DNA plucked from the toes of heath hen specimens in Canada and Chicago, DNA samples from a greater prairie chicken from the plains of Nebraska and funding from donors with Vineyard ties, a team of scientists from around the country hopes to complete the first phase of the heath hen de-extinction project by early summer.


March 02014

  • Vinyard GazetteVINEYARD GAZETTE
    Heath Hen Raises Bar on De-Extinction Debate
    – By Sara Brown, 4/17/14
    Conservation on the Vineyard has a rich history, but one of the earliest modern conservation efforts was the ultimately futile effort to save the heath hen, the bird that came to only exist on the Island and slowly declined until the last heath hen died on the Island around 1932.
    Once Flourishing Heath Hen Made Its Last Stand on Island
    – By Sara Brown, 4/17/14
    The heath hen’s story of decline and extinction has become inextricably linked to Martha’s Vineyard — so much so that discussions about de-extinction have centered on whether the heath hen could be brought back to the Island. The last heath hen died on the Vineyard around 1932.

May 02014

April 02014

February 02014