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Science Magazine: “Cloning Goes Wild”, and the future of conservation is forever changed

By Articles, Biotechnology, Black-Footed Ferret, Cloning for Conservation
Science magazine journalist Rachel Fritts interviewed Revive & Restore’s Lead Scientist Ben Novak for this newly published article, Cloning Goes Wild, to share the story of Elizabeth Ann, the world’s first cloned black-footed ferret and one of North America’s most endangered species.  Elizabeth Ann recently celebrated her first birthday, a major milestone that makes her one of the first clones of an endangered species to reach sexual maturity.  “Everything about Elizabeth Ann is much bigger than the science behind it, and it’s much bigger than helping the ferrets,” says Novak. “It’s about whether biotechnology can become a part of mainstream...
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Ryan Phelan on Reshaping Evolution for TED Radio Hour

By Biotechnology, Black-Footed Ferret, Genetic Rescue, Podcasts, Przewalski Horse, Ryan Phelan
How can genetic engineering help not just humans, but animals and plants too?  Ryan Phelan, Co-founder and Executive Director of Revive & Restore, shares with Manoush Zomoradi in this TED Radio Hour how we are using a wide range of genetic engineering tools to rescue a variety of species facing extinction.  Ryan provides examples of species that we’ve helped protect thanks to biotechnologies. This includes cloning the Black-footed Ferret to increase their genetic diversity, a necessary component to the species’ survival. She also talks about where genetic tools are desperately needed to save biodiversity, such as engineering coral reefs to withstand warmer...
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Mongabay: “Extinction is pressing, Biotechnologies are necessary”

By 2022, Articles, Ben Novak, Biotechnology, Black-Footed Ferret, Cloning for Conservation, Genetic Rescue
Revive & Restore’s Lead Scientist Ben Novak recently spoke to Mongabay about the need to pursue biotechnologies like cloning to address the extinction crisis. In her piece titled “For species on the very brink of extinction, cloning is a loaded last resort”, Mongabay journalist Caitlin Looby takes a look at what actions are being taken to save our world’s disappearing biodiversity.  “Right now, conventional conservation measures are struggling to keep up with the pace of the threats that face the world. We’ve crippled populations to such fragmented and small sizes,” says Ben Novak, lead scientist at Revive and Restore, a...
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Conservation Genomics Summit: October 27, 2021

By Biotechnology, Catalyst Science Fund, Genetic Rescue, Wild Genomes
Dovetail Genomics and Revive & Restore welcome you to CGS 2021! This virtual conference will feature six scientists actively using genomics approaches to aid species conservation and will be of interest to anyone focused on species conservation and/or interested in functional genomics for non-model organisms. Registration is free and can be done online by clicking here.
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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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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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