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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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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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