We convene meetings  — large and small, public and private — to help advance and cohere the field of genetic rescue and de-extinction.

Horseshoe Crab Press Event

May 10, 2018, Cape May, New Jersey

Together with the New Jersey Audubon Society, Eli Lilly and Company, and the First Lady of New Jersey Tammy Murphy, Revive & Restore announced new research that dispels many perceived barriers to the adoption of a safe synthetic alternative to horseshoe crab blood for biomedical testing.

Engineering Resilience Workshop

September 11 – 15, 2017, Heron Island, Australia

Together with Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Revive & Restore held a four-day conference aimed at identifying synthetic biology solutions to conservation problems caused by environmental change.

bird eye and mosquito Revive & Restore

International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress

September 1-10, 2016, Honolulu, HI

To examine the potential role that new genomic tools could perform in wildlife conservation, Revive & Restore — with the support of National Geographic and the National Park Service — facilitated two important discussions at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress.

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Mouse and bird Case Study Revive & Restore

New Genomic Solutions for Conservation Problems Workshop

April 6-9, 2015, Sausalito, CA

This two-and-a-half-day workshop for 52 pioneering molecular biologists, conservation biologists, veterinarians, and other specialists, focused on finding practical solution paths for otherwise intractable conservation problems, which could be set in motion in the near future.

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Panel Speaker Revive & Restore

The Heath Hen Could Come Back

July 24, 2014, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

An evening panel event suggesting to the community of Martha’s Vineyard the ambitious vision of bringing back the Island’s most famous bird and its former shrubland/grassland habitat.

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DeExtinction Meeting Revive & Restore


March 15th, 2013, National Geographic

The first PUBLIC meeting on de-extinction took place on March 15, 2013, in Washington DC at National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium. It was a TEDx extravaganza.

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Deex Group Meeting Revive & Restore

De-Extinction Projects, Techniques, and Ethics

October 22-23, 2012, National Geographic

The National Geographic meeting in October 2012 drew 36 scientists from around the world to survey the full range of de-extinction and ecosystem-revival efforts that are being attempted. It was the first such meeting anywhere.

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Passenger Pigeon Revive & Restore

Bringing Back the Passenger Pigeon

February 8, 2012, Harvard University, Wyss Institute

The first purpose of the daylong meeting was to explore the technical plausibility of reviving the iconic extinct bird, Ectopistes migratorius, through genomic engineering. The second purpose of the meeting was to explore the potential cultural, social, political, and ecological ramifications of bringing the passenger pigeon back to life and perhaps restoring it to the wild.

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