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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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Revive & Restore’s Catalyst Science Fund

By Catalyst Science Fund
Traditional conservation tools can be limited in addressing challenges like climate change, but advances in biotech provide fertile ground for breakthroughs. @Promega commits $3M to @Revive_Restore's Catalyst Science Fund to develop new biotech tools for conservation. (1/2) — Revive & Restore (@Revive_Restore) August 23, 2018 Learn More About the Catalyst Fund To Advance Biotech in Conservation, Promega Commits to Support Revive & Restore Catalyst Science Fund Madison, WI USA. (August 23, 2018) To support the exploration of new solutions for confronting significant environmental challenges, Promega Corporation has pledged $3 million over three years to the Revive & Restore Catalyst Science...
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5 Biotechnologies That Might Help Save Endangered Species

By Genetic Rescue
Sudan, the last male northern white rhino at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. Sudan died March 19, 2018. Photo credit: MEAACT/Stuart Price. (This article was originally published in Fortune, March 20, 2018.) By: Nishan Degnarain and Ryan Phelan We are facing a global crisis in biodiversity loss. Tens of thousands of animal species are becoming extinct every year and about half of the world’s biodiversity has disappeared since the 1970s. These troubling trends show no signs of slowing down. Indeed, population growth, widespread habitat destruction, invasive species, wildlife diseases, and climate change are worsening the situation. To safeguard our planet’s...
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A Surprise Donation from the Gaming Industry

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We weren’t quite sure what to think when Tap4Fun first asked if they could host a donation event for Revive & Restore’s Woolly Mammoth Revival Project in their game, Brutal Age. So we Googled them: Tap4fun, with its headquarters located in Chengdu, China, is a mobile game company focusing on creating top-notch mobile games for global players. In the prehistoric game Brutal Age you get to forge your horde with cities and outposts on the map and push the border against global competitors. Justin Quinn, our woolly mammoth project coordinator, checked them out with Meghan Foley from our office—and both agreed that it would…

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Experimental Investigation of the Dietary Ecology of the Extinct Passenger Pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius

By Passenger Pigeon, Revive & Restore

The passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) was the dominant species in eastern North American forests for tens of thousands of years prior to its extinction in 1914. The birds lived in megaflocks comprising up to several billion individuals, moving nomadically as they consumed fruit and mast, the seed of beech, oak, chestnut, and other forest trees. The size and density of passenger pigeon flocks as well as their migratory patterns and their diet shaped the abundance and the distribution of tree species in these forests. In fact, the passenger pigeon was an ecosystem engineer of eastern North American forests for tens…

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9 Cool Genetic Tools that Could Save Biodiversity

By Biotechnology, Genetic Rescue
This article was originally published on January 17, 2018 by the World Economic Forum as part of the WEF 2018 Annual Meeting. Written by:  Nishan Degnarain National Ocean Council of the Government of Mauritius Ryan Phelan Co-founder and Executive Director Revive & Restore Thomas Maloney Director of Conservation Science Revive & Restore We are facing a global biodiversity crisis. Tens of thousands of animal species are becoming extinct every year, scientists estimate. Almost half the world's biodiversity has disappeared since the 1970s, according to the Living Planet Index. These troubling trends show no sign of slowing down. Indeed, population and...
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The Paradoxical Passenger Pigeon Genome

By Passenger Pigeon
Image credit: Tim Hough Natural selection shaped the rise and fall of passenger pigeon genomic diversity The passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) numbered between 3 billion and 5 billion individuals before its 19th-century decline and eventual extinction. In fact, the species was abundant for tens of thousands of years before being relentlessly hunted down to the very last bird. Scientists have long wondered why a bird with such a large population only decades before its extinction disappeared so quickly and so completely, without leaving even a small population behind. "Natural Selection Shaped the Rise and Fall of Passenger Pigeon Genomic Diversity,"a recently...
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New Book on Woolly Mammoth De-extinction

By De-Extinction, Woolly Mammoth
Revive & Restore plays a role in Ben Mezrich’s new book WOOLLY – soon to be a feature film directed by Oscar Sharp. The book reads like a novel, but it tells the story of real characters and real events.  George Church at Harvard Medical School built a team of brilliant genome engineers to work on editing enough woolly mammoth genes into  living elephant genomes to potentially recreate living woolly mammoths. Revive & Restore introduced George Church to the extraordinary Russian scientist Sergey Zimov, who has started a project in northern Siberia called “Pleistocene Park,” which is using wild grazing...
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The Great Comeback Down Under

By De-Extinction, Passenger Pigeon
Ben Novak – Revive & Restore's Lead Researcher for The Great Passenger Pigeon Comeback – is pursuing his Ph.D. at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. There, he will be working with scientists from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to develop a model system for testing genome editing in pigeons. Novak was awarded the Faculty Graduate Research International Scholarship and the Co-funded Monash Graduate Scholarship to fund his research. This exciting phase of collaboration between Revive & Restore and CSIRO began in May 2017. Novak aims to produce a strain of rock pigeons capable of making genome engineering in pigeons...
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