Turning the Tide on Species Loss

OUR MISSION

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. Learn more.

First Catalyst Fund Grant Awarded to Coral Resilience Research

Revive & Restore is pleased to announce that the first grant from our recently launched Catalyst Science Fund has been awarded to marine biologist Steve Palumbi’s laboratory at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station.  The $100,000 research grant will enable the Palumbi team to investigate the genomic “stress trigger” that may cause corals to bleach as a result of warming ocean conditions. This catalytic science could be an essential step forward in understanding the large-scale bleaching of coral reefs and the potential to engineer genomic resilience to climate change.

Read the Coral Proposal

WE ARE BUILDING THE 21ST CENTURY GENETIC RESCUE TOOLKIT FOR CONSERVATION

OUR PROJECTS

CATALYST SCIENCE FUND

We recognize that a key barrier to the adoption of genomic solutions by the conservation community is a lack of success stories. To address this issue, we are implementing select conservation projects and are excited to announce a new Catalyst Science Fund for early-stage research that will be applied towards high-impact conservation challenges.

CORAL CLIMATE CHANGE RESILIENCE

The first grant from the Catalyst Science Fund has been awarded to investigate the genomic “stress trigger” that may cause coral bleaching. This catalytic science could be an essential step forward in understanding the large-scale bleaching of coral reefs as well as the potential opportunity to engineer genomic resilience to climate change.

OCEAN GENOMIC HORIZON SCAN

Revive & Restore has conducted a landscape assessment of the current availability of genomics and biotechnology tools for use in ocean conservation and the potential areas in ocean conservation where genetic rescue and synthetic biology could be catalytic for restoring ocean health and bio abundance.

SAVING THE HORSESHOE CRAB

At a press event hosted by New Jersey Audubon last May, when horseshoe crabs were spawning on the beaches of Delaware Bay, Revive & Restore presented findings that will help remove a significant threat to this 450 million0year-old species and the migratory shorebirds that rely on their eggs for essential nutrition on their spring migrations.  

Ferret in Snow Revive & Restore

GENETIC RESCUE FOR BLACK-FOOTED FERRET

We have received an Endangered Species Recovery Permit from U.S.F.W.S. to being the genetic rescue of North America’s most endangered mammal. This permit authorizes us to begin testing the viability of using of genomic technologies for solving the problems preventing long-term sustainability of this species: ongoing genetic diversity loss and susceptibility to sylvatic plague.

Passenger Pigeon Revive & Restore

THE GREAT PASSENGER PIGEON COMEBACK

This year, The Great Passenger Pigeon Comeback made major advances in both passenger pigeon ecology and genetic engineering research. Project lead Ben Novak and his team hope to create a model lab animal in which gene editing experiments can be performed in a single generation. This is foundational research that will help advance genetic rescue for all endangered bird species.

In the video clip below, Revive & Restore co-founder Stewart Brand reads the afterward he wrote for Ben Mezrick’s book, Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures.