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HUMAN NATURE: A FILM BRINGS CRISPR TO LIFE

By Biotechnology, Uncategorized

CRISPR/Cas9 has given scientists unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life. It opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children. Now, a new documentary, titled Human Nature offers a provocative exploration of CRISPR’s far-reaching implications. The story is eagerly told by the scientists who discovered it, the families it affects, the doctors eager to use it, and the bioengineers who are testing its limits. How will this new power change our relationship with nature? What will it mean for evolution? To begin to answer these questions the film looks far back into…

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The Audacious Experiment of Pleistocene Park

By Pleistocene Park, Revive & Restore, Woolly Mammoth
An artist's renderings of the mammoth steppe. Courtesy Pleistocene Park Foundation. Through the work spearheaded by one family, an ecosystem reengineering experiment is bringing new life to the Arctic. It's an effort to stop the thaw of permafrost and the impending, enormous release of its greenhouse gasses.  Nearly 20,000 years ago, millions of woolly mammoths, bison, oxen, horse, and reindeer lived in the grassland steppe of northern Siberia. Today, the landscape is largely a barren tundra, a once-great grassland ecosystem ruined through hapless human activity. However, things are starting to change. In one corner of Siberia, Sergey Zimov and son...
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Citizen Science for the Passenger Pigeon – Join the Project!

By Ben Novak, De-Extinction, Get Involved, Passenger Pigeon

-Ben J. Novak Revive & Restore’s Great Passenger Pigeon Comeback began in 2012 with two questions: Can we bring back the passenger pigeon to the eastern forests of the United States? And if so, why bring it back? To answer these questions, Revive & Restore with scientists from the University of California, Santa Cruz, sequenced genomes, crunched population models, reviewed historic records and forestry science, and more.  This new research significantly reshapes accepted scientific views of this iconic species. Can we bring back the Passenger Pigeon? We can’t bring the passenger pigeon back as a exact clone from a historical…

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Beth Shapiro: The Young Science of Ancient DNA

By De-Extinction, Genetic Rescue, Woolly Mammoth
It is difficult to overstate the influence and guidance Beth Shapiro has lent to the field paleogenomics and the work of Revive & Restore. Beth is one of our Board Members as well as an advisor for our Passenger Pigeon Project. As Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Beth uses the DNA recovered from bones and other remains to study how species have evolved through time and how human activity has affected this dynamic process. She is also a fantastic speaker, conveying great enthusiasm for...
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Our New Director of Conservation Innovation

By Jobs, Revive & Restore
Revive & Restore Welcomes Michele Weber, Director of Conservation Innovation SAUSALITO, CALIFORNIA. JANUARY 10, 2020 Executive director Ryan Phelan announces today that Michel Weber has joined Revive & Restore in a senior role as Director of Conservation Innovation. In this senior position, Michele willl help broaden our connections with the conservation community and deepen our scientific strategy in our mission to enhance biodiversity through the genetic rescue of endangered and extinct species. Michele brings with her significant scientific expertise, program development skills, and an enthusiasm for nature and conservation. Michele is an evolutionary biologist with over ten years’ experience in scientific...
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A Call for Biotechnology in Ocean Conservation

By Ocean Genomics Horizon Scan, Revive & Restore, Ryan Phelan
As 2019 comes to a close, we are likely to remember it as a remarkable year for the environment. When sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg sailed into New York Harbor earlier this year, she produced an enormous global response. “Entire ecosystems are collapsing,” she said in an address to the United Nations General Assembly, “And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth.” While Thunberg’s message was dire, it’s hard to say it was overstated. According to the U.N. report that was released during the assembly, the immediate threats that climate change presents, especially to our...
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By Land and Sea, Looking to Restore a Planet in Crisis

By De-Extinction, Heath Hen

The Vineyard Gazette Noah Asimow – August 22, 2019 Buried deep within the woods of the Manuel Correllus State Forest 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. “There is no survivor, there is no future, there is no life to be recreated…

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Ocean Genomics Horizon Scan Press Release

By Ocean Genomics Horizon Scan
New Tools to Accelerate Ocean Conservation Read Online at PRNewswire Here The world’s oceans are in great peril. To help conservation and to reverse the trends of oceanic degradation, we must innovate and employ every available tool. More help is on the way. Today, Revive & Restore, a California-based non-profit conservation organization, announced the release of an “Ocean Genomics Horizon Scan.” This report provides a first-of-its-kind assessment of genomic and biotech innovations to complement, enhance, and accelerate today’s marine conservation strategies. Revive & Restore is raising $15 million to fund ten “Big Ideas” that demonstrate the power of these technologies...
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First Catalyst Fund Grant Awarded

By Catalyst Science Fund
Advancing Coral Conservation 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. When ocean water becomes too warm, the photosynthetic symbionts...
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Meet the Scientists Bringing Back Extinct Species From the Dead

By De-Extinction, Passenger Pigeon
Meet the Scientists Bringing Extinct Species Back From the Dead Wall Street Journal – October 9, 2018 “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...
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