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Mongabay: “Extinction is pressing, Biotechnologies are necessary”

By 2022, Articles, Ben Novak, Biotechnology, Black-Footed Ferret, Genetic Rescue
Revive & Restore's Lead Scientist, Ben Novak, at the National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center holding Elizabeth Ann at 3-weeks old. Elizabeth Ann turned one on December 10, 2021.  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...
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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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