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Nurturing embryonic development, Guojun Sheng, Kumamoto University

BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR BIRD CONSERVATION

THE FIRST CALL FOR PROPOSALS CLOSED ON MAY 1, 2022

AWARDED PROJECTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN SEPTEMBER 2022

Powerful new biotechnologies hold promise to revolutionize the way species are protected and restored. Biotechnologies developed for mammals for biomedical research and agricultural purposes can be readily modified for use in endangered mammals. Several pioneering efforts are already underway, applying cloning and developing stem cell embryogenesis for endangered mammals. However, biotechnologies developed in domestic chickens are in need of optimization and further innovation to be applicable to endangered birds. The Biotechnology for Bird Conservation Program aims to develop new biotechnology tools for use in avian species, potentially forging completely new transformative technologies.