An Interview with Ryan Phelan: Using Biotechnology to Revive Endangered Species and Restore Damaged Ecosystems

By COVID-19, Horseshoe Crab
COVID-19 Vaccines and the Harvesting, Bleeding, and Killing of Horseshoe Crabs This article was published on July 01, 2020. Access the original PDF, here. Wilson Sonsini attorneys Vern Norviel and Charles Andres recently sat down with Ryan Phelan of Revive & Restore (R&R). R&R is using 21st-century biotechnology (including genomics, high throughput sequencing, and synthetic biology) to address urgent conservation challenges. One issue that is particularly pressing is the harvesting and bleeding of horseshoe crabs, a threatened keystone species, and the source of Limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL). LAL, obtained from the blood of horseshoe crabs, is employed in pharmaceutical manufacturing...
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#shutdownSTEM and a call for greater diversity in conservation

By Uncategorized
In support of today’s #shutdownSTEM/#shutdownAcademia movement, the Revive & Restore team took the opportunity to spend the better part of the day reflecting upon what our organization can do to better enable racial diversity in our conservation activities. We identified 3 key areas where Revive & Restore can improve. We are making a commitment to: Broaden the diversity of those involved in our listservs Seek out conservation efforts led by people of color and encourage them to apply to our Catalyst Science Fund Plan future workshops to include a greater mix of people of color and monitor our progress We...
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A Coalition Forms to Save the American Horseshoe Crab

By Horseshoe Crab, Uncategorized
The Horseshoe Crab Recovery Coalition aims to stem years of decline that threatens this iconic creature as well as the shorebirds and fish that depend upon them. Bernardsville, NJ, June 1, 2020:  There is a crisis facing horseshoe crabs and the fish and birdlife that depend on the crab’s eggs to survive. To raise public awareness, seek legislative and regulatory reforms and encourage the adoption of an already available synthetic alternative to the use of horseshoe crab blood in biomedical testing, a coalition of leading conservation groups and businesses has formed a new partnership known as the Horseshoe Crab Recovery...
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Migration Numbers Plummet for Imperiled Shorebird on New Jersey’s Delaware Bayshore

By Horseshoe Crab

Veteran biologist sees unprecedented declines in red knots — and in horseshoe crabs. In the photo above, just two red knots and two horseshoe crabs gather at Cooks Beach, New Jersey on May 18, 2020. This article originally appeared in NJSpotlight on May 19, 2020, written by Jon Hurdle. At the mouth of a creek near Pierces Point, an isolated beach community on the New Jersey side of the Delaware Bay, Larry Niles spotted only two red knots on Monday morning, in the same place that he saw some 17,000 of the shorebirds during their spring migration a year ago….

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Self-isolation’s Silver Lining

By COVID-19

Written by Yolanda Van Heezik & Philip Seddon Both Yolanda Van Heezik & Philip Seddon are wildlife biologists in the Department of Zoology at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Originally posted on News Room, a New Zealand news site, adapted slightly by Revive & Restore. Are you waking to the sound of korimako (Anthornis melanura)? Do there seem to be many more piwakawaka (Rhipidura fuliginosa) flitting around your head as you potter about in the garden? What’s going on? Why do there seem to be so many birds around? With most of us still spending more time at home everything…

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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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