We convene meetings  — large and small, public and private — to help advance and cohere the field of de-extinction and genetic rescue.

Heath Hen Talk; Ag Hall

The Heath Hen Could Come Back

July 24, 2014, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

An evening panel event suggesting to the community of Martha’s Vineyard the ambitious vision of bringing back the Island’s most famous bird and its former shrubland/grassland habitat.

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March 15th, 2013, National Geographic

The first PUBLIC meeting on de-extinction took place on March 15, 2013, in Washington DC at National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium. It was a TEDx extravaganza.

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De-Extinction Projects, Techniques, and Ethics

October 22-23, 2012, National Geographic

The National Geographic meeting in October 2012 drew 36 scientists from around the world to survey the full range of de-extinction and ecosystem-revival efforts that are being attempted. It was the first such meeting anywhere.

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Photo Credit: Joel Sartore

Bringing Back the Passenger Pigeon

February 8, 2012, Harvard University, Wyss Institute

The first purpose of the daylong meeting was to explore the technical plausibility of reviving the iconic extinct bird, Ectopistes migratorius, through genomic engineering. The second purpose of the meeting was to explore the potential cultural, social, political, and ecological ramifications of bringing the passenger pigeon back to life and perhaps restoring it to the wild.

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