Bringing biotechnologies to conservation
The Revive & Restore mission is to enhance biodiversity through the
genetic rescue of endangered and extinct species.
Ecosystems around the world face unparalleled biodiversity loss. But solutions are available. Genomic technologies have evolved and are increasingly affordable and dynamic. This presents an opportunity to address conservation challenges in ways never before possible. We can rewrite the story of species decline with a new Genetic Rescue Toolkit for conservation that includes a wide variety of biotech applications—from genomic sequencing and biobanking to advanced reproductive technologies and gene editing—all insightful, powerful tools for addressing some of the planet’s most pressing problems. See just some of our exciting projects, below.
HORSESHOE CRABS IN PERIL
All injectable medications—including vaccines—are made safer by an endotoxin test that relies on the blue blood of the horseshoe crab. We are working to advance the adoption of the synthetic alternative to this test and stop the bleeding of this threatened, keystone species.
Biotech can save the horseshoe crab
For decades, drug manufacturers have relied on the blood of the horseshoe crab to make vaccines safe. But a synthetic substitute can replace this practice, and just in time—when 14 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines are needed. Watch our latest video to learn more.
CATALYST SCIENCE FUND
We started this fund, with generous support from biotech company Promega, to hasten impactful innovations in conservation and to clearly demonstrate the benefits of genetic rescue biotechnologies to the broader conservation community.
OCEAN GENOMICS HORIZON SCAN
To help halt and reverse the trends of oceanic degradation, we must innovate and employ every available tool. Our Ocean Genomics Horizon Scan provides a first-of-its-kind assessment of ten significant threats to ocean health and the genomic and biotech innovations to complement, enhance, and accelerate today’s marine conservation strategies.
Black-footed Ferret Genetic Rescue
Significant laboratory work is now underway following six years of research, partnership building, and federal permitting. Three projects, all supported by our Catalyst Science Fund, are part of a nationwide effort to increase genetic diversity for one of North America’s most threatened species and secure its recovery in the wild.
The great passenger pigeon comeback
Revive & Restore began with one idea: to look at conservation in a new light. We thought if we bring the Passenger Pigeon back from extinction, it would show that biodiversity loss doesn’t have to be a permanent ecological loss. This project continues to be a major focus for us and project lead Ben Novak. Recently, a world’s first was accomplished.