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Each of these projects furthers our mission to enhance biodiversity through new techniques of genetic rescue.

Advanced Coral Toolkit

Helping corals (and the communities that depend on them) flourish despite their warming, changing world through the use of biotechnology.


Ensuring the biobanking of living tissues of all native U.S. species listed as threatened and endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

Biotechnology for Bird Conservation

Enabling the complete genetic rescue toolkit for birds by advancing and diversifying avian reproductive and genetic technologies

Black-footed Ferret Recovery

Applying biotechnology to restore lost genetic diversity and facilitate heritable disease resistance in endangered black-footed ferrets.

Heath Hen Revival

Restoring the Heath Hen—a species of Prairie chicken that went extinct in 1932—to the sand plains of the Northeast United States has the potential to revitalize the conservation of this unique habitat.

Synthetic Alternatives to Horseshoe Crab Blood

The horseshoe crab is an ancient and important species that supports the ecological function of estuaries and the survival of migratory shorebirds. The current over-exploitation of horseshoe crabs by the pharmaceutical and bait industries may drive this species to extinction.

Passenger Pigeon Revival

The extinction of the Passenger Pigeon was a sobering lesson for Americans. A successful effort to bring it back would demonstrate the potential of genomic intervention and help to restore the ecology of North America’s eastern forests.

Przewalski’s Horse Recovery

The world’s first successfully cloned endangered Przewalski’s horse was born on August 6, 2020. This groundbreaking achievement was conceived as a new strategy to help restore genetic diversity to the Przewalski’s horse species.

Wild Genomes

Through this competitive granting fund we provide field scientists, wildlife managers, and local citizens with access to state-of-the-art genomic sequencing and biobanking tools. Current projects support conservation efforts for 10 at-risk species from around the world.

Woolly Mammoth Revival

The pursuit of Woolly Mammoth de-extinction has helped to identify immediate potential benefits to Asian elephant conservation. There is also a compelling rationale for the development of climate change resilience.

Ocean Genomics Horizon Scan

This report provides a first-of-its-kind assessment of genomic and biotech innovations to complement, enhance, and accelerate today’s marine conservation strategies.