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.

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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.

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OCEAN GENOMICS HORIZON SCAN

The world’s oceans are in great peril. To help conservation halt and reverse the trends of oceanic degradation, we must innovate and employ every available tool. Revive & Restore’s “Ocean Genomics Horizon Scan” provides a first-of-its-kind assessment of genomic and biotech innovations to complement, enhance, and accelerate today’s marine conservation strategies.

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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 million-year-old species and the migratory shorebirds that rely on their eggs for essential nutrition on their spring migrations.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

GENETIC RESCUE

Revive & Restore uses an expansive definition of the concept of genetic rescue to include genetic-based tools to document biodiversity, inform conventional management practices, and in some cases, enable novel genomic interventions. Genomic technology has the potential to advance and complement conventional conservation management.

Most conservation focused genetic approaches have been limited to assessing very basic evolutionary processes such as gene flow, neutral genetic diversity, and effective population size, with little meaningful understanding of how genetic variation relates specifically to adaptation. Given the affordability of sequencing and the increasing prevalence of conservation threats potentially suited to genetic approaches, there is an opportunity to advance a suite of innovative new tools.

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