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 effective. By developing a new Genetic Rescue Toolkit, Revive & Restore is helping to address conservation challenges in ways never before possible.

THE FIRST CLONED BLACK-FOOTED FERRET

In an effort to increase genetic diversity for this U.S. endangered species, “Elizabeth Ann” was successfully cloned from a historic cell line that offers three times more genetic variation than today’s endangered Black-footed ferret population.

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WOOLLY MAMMOTH FELLOWSHIP

We are pleased to announce a new post-doctoral fellowship opportunity for a full-time appointment researching the science underlying Woolly Mammoth de-extinction, in the laboratory of Dr. George Church, Harvard Medical School.

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THE FIRST CLONED WILD HORSE

In collaboration with San Diego Zoo Global and ViaGen Pets and Equine, the world’s first successfully cloned Przewalski’s horse was born on August 6, 2020. This is an effort to increase genetic diversity for the endangered species.

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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.  

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THE CATALYST SCIENCE FUND

We started this fund, with generous support from biotech company Promega, to hasten impactful innovations in conservation and to demonstrate the benefits of genetic rescue biotechnologies to the broader community.

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WILD GENOMES

We developed Wild Genomes to accelerate the adoption of genomic sequencing and tissue biobanking for applied wildlife conservation. The first projects (including the Joshua tree) were awarded in 2020 and have expanded our work globally.

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