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 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.
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.
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.
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.