Revive & Restore Press Coverage

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Research and Rescue: Saving Species from Ourselves

“I soon learned, however, that extinction is not actually so straightforward. We humans tend to tinker, to tweak. We try to fix what we have broken. Even as we attempt to preserve other living things — northern white rhinoceros, California condor, black-footed ferret — we change them. And that’s nothing new in human history.

Long Reads
October, 2019

Martha, the last of her species, might lose that distinction if scientists have their way

“The de-extinction efforts underway don’t really re-create the bird’s entire DNA. Instead, scientists start by decoding DNA from extinct passenger pigeons and, through bio-technology, change the DNA code of living band-tailed pigeons to match the passenger pigeon’s code. By changing enough of the code, and through tried-and-true conservation practices, scientists hope the new birds look and behave the same way that their historic counterparts did.”

Cincinnati Enquirer
August 29, 2019

By Land and sea, Looking to Restore a Planet in Crisis

“Buried deep within the woods of the Manuel Correllus State Forest [on Martha’s Vineyard] is a statue of Booming Ben, the world’s final heath hen. Once common all along the eastern seaboard, the species was hunted to near-extinction in the 1870s. Although a small number of the birds found refuge on Martha’s Vineyard, they officially disappeared in 1932 — with Booming Ben, the last of their kind, calling for female mates who were no longer there to hear him…Since 2013, however, a group of cutting-edge researchers with the group Revive and Restore have been hard at work to bring back the heath hen as part of an ambitious avian de-extinction project. 

The Vineyard Gazette
August 22, 2019

The Shorebirds of Delaware Bay Are Going Hungry

“On their migrations north, famished birds stop to feast on eggs laid by horseshoe crabs. But the crabs were overfished, and conservationists say that some bird species may never recover…One of them, the red knot, has been listed as a threatened species. Since 2000, red knot numbers have plunged as low as 10,000 in some years, around one-ninth of the level in the 1980s. At the moment, the population hovers at about 30,000, still too low to be sustainable, conservationists claim.”

The New York Times
June 3, 2019


Meet the Scientists Bringing Extinct Species Back from the Dead

“The last known passenger pigeon—a bird named Martha—died in captivity at a Cincinnati zoo in 1914. Her demise sparked the passing of modern conservation laws to protect other endangered species in the U.S.” Now, more than 100 years later, the Passenger Pigeon is again advancing conservation.

Although the de-extinction of the Passenger Pigeon will likely take decades, de-extinction research is already generating foundational science that could transform bird conservation. Furthermore, Passenger Pigeon de-extinction offers a new opportunity to achieve long-term conservation goals for woodland forests in the eastern United States.

Wall Street Journal
October 9, 2018

Disease-Resistant Ferrets?

“Through genetic alterations, a California conservation organization hopes to one day create disease-resistant black-footed ferrets. Revive & Restore, of Sausalito, California, has been issued permits by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to do genetic research on the cells of the endangered ferrets. The permits are a first for the Service and, if successful to the end goal, could result in the first-ever release of genetically altered endangered species in the wild.”

Powell Tribune
November 13, 2018

Horseshoe Crabs Are at Risk – So Endotoxin Tests Are, Too

“The horseshoe crab’s amebocytes, or blood cells, contain a clotting agent that forms in the presence of Gram-negative bacteria. This agent, which is used to detect endotoxin in pharmaceutical and medical device products, may become scarce if horseshoe crab populations continue to decline.”

GEN: Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
October 1, 2018

Stop the Bleeding

“After more than a decade, an alternative to the blood-based test seems to be gaining traction in the biomedical community—and it could ultimately spare horseshoe crabs and bolster the species that depend on them.”

Property and Environment Research Center magazine
July 2, 2018

Inside the Biomedical Revolution to Save Horseshoe Crabs and the Shorebirds That Need Them

“It took a dedicated birder to convince pharma giant Eli Lilly to use a synthetic compound instead of horseshoe crab blood in a mandatory medical test. Now, he hopes the rest of industry will follow.”

National Audubon Society magazine
May 11, 2018

The Last Days of the Blue-Blood Harvest

“Every year, more than 400,000 crabs are bled for the miraculous medical substance that flows through their bodies—now pharmaceutical companies are finally committing to an alternative that doesn’t harm animals.”

The Atlantic
May 9, 2018

These Technologies Could Save the Northern White Rhino From Extinction

“In an effort to save the species, scientists at the San Diego Zoo Global are developing stem cell technologies to create a new generation of northern white rhinos.”

March 20, 2018

The Incredible Science of Ancient DNA

“Ancient DNA is an amazing resource for scientists aiming to learn about – and learn from – the past, and researchers are looking forward to a future filled with untold possibilities.”

Earth Touch News Network
February 6, 2018

How the “Dr. Dolittle of Dinos” Plans to Resurrect Woolly Mammoths

“If scientist Ben Novak has his way, the phrase ‘dead as a dodo’ will soon need a rethink. Discover how he’s bringing extinct species back to life, and why it’s nothing like Jurassic Park.”

Red Bull Discover
January 22, 2018


TED 2017

Stewart Brand Discusses Woolly Mammoth De-Extinction and Genetic Rescue

“Because we’re in the de-extinction business, the preventing-extinction business with Revive & Restore, we started looking at what’s actually going on with extinction.”

Saving Sudan

“Humans have all but eradicated the northern white rhinoceros from the planet. Sudan, the last male northern white rhinoceros on Earth, is the last hope to bring the species back.”

Buzz Feed News
December 29, 2017

How Close Are We to Resurrecting Extinct Species?

December 3, 2017

“Sometimes people think about de-extinction like, oh wouldn’t it be cool to have a passenger pigeon, or a California grizzly, or some other species? But it’s not just about that species and it being cool… it’s about those species have a role in the ecosystem, which is now empty.”

Can These Scientists Bring Back the Mammoth?

The Boston Globe
June 16, 2017

Welcome to Pleistocene Park

The Atlantic
April 2017


Heath Hen Revive & Restore

Resurrecting the Heath Hen

UnDark Magazine
October 14, 2016

Using Technology to Reverse Extinction

The Atlantic
October 14, 2017

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Heath Hen Tops Extinction List

Vineyard Gazette
July 28, 2017

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Re-Coding for Conservation

Bay Nature
June 27, 2016

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How the DNA Revolution is Changing Us

National Geographic Magazine
August 1, 2016

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Tweaking Gene to Save Species

The New York Times
April 16, 2016


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Heath Hen Project Advances Quickly

The Vineyard Gazette
March 5, 2015


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Heath Hen Raises Bar on De-Extinction Debate

The Vineyard Gazette
July 17, 2014

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Heath Hen’s Boom Could Echo Again on Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard Times
July 16, 2014

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Why the Passenger Pigeon Went Extinct

Audubon Magazine
May/June Issue 2014

Reawakening Extinct Species

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April 22, 2014

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New Efforts to Bring Extinct Species Back to Life

The Diane Rehm Show 
April 10, 2014

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Never Say Never; Heath Hen May Get Its Boom Back

The Vineyard Gazette
April 3, 2014

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The Mammoth Cometh

The New York Times Magazine
February 27, 2014