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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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Wild Genomes: Conservation Genomics Of New Zealand’s Largest Flightless Rail

By Wild Genomes
This post is written by Dr. Lara Urban, PI for the takahē project, as part of our Wild Genomes banking and sequencing program. Fieldwork to count the number of wild takahē takes place in the remote Murchison Mountains where the species was rediscovered in 1948. A blood sample is taken from the takahē chick “Kohika.”  Her DNA will serve as the basis of the reference genome. Kohika means "ancestor" in Māori, a name that acknowledges her important role in the conservation of the entire species. A party of juvenile takahē. Blood samples of the 84 to-be-sequenced individuals were collected in...
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