Pete Miraglia of Revive & Restore joins Living on Earth Host Jenni Doering to explain the science of using biobanked material to restore healthy populations of black-footed ferrets, Mexican wolves and more. Listen to the episode here (scroll to minute 38)!
Unchecked global warming could bring the extinction of more than a third of all animal and plant species by 2050, according to a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. And many species are already in decline because of habitat loss, hunting, and invasive species. Addressing those problems is key in the long run but for some species on the brink like the endangered Mexican wolf, time is already running out. So scientists are turning to high tech solutions to preserve genetic diversity, including biobanking.
“What we’re talking about here is getting on the cutting edge of biotechnology and applying it to wildlife and conservation. There’s an interesting opportunity there.”
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