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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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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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