The Genetic Rescue Foundation Blog

Strike Two

For those of you following our efforts to sequence the moa genome my apologies for the delay in publishing this update. It took a bit of time for our latest batch of samples to find their way to… Read More

Meet the Time-Traveling Scientist Behind Editas, the Biotech Company Going Public With Google’s Help

On March 15, 2013, genetic engineer George Church stood in the middle of a circular red rug onstage at the Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, D.C., describing a detailed plan for bringing a six-ton, 10-foot, fur-covered creature… Read More

Can Genetic Engineering Bring Back Extinct Animals?

Will it one day be possible to bring a woolly mammoth or a Neanderthal back to life? If so, should we? How is climate change affecting the evolution and extinction of species? These are some of the questions… Read More

Strike One

As previously mentioned Beth Shapiro and her team at the UCSC Paleogenomics Lab have been performing the initial sample analysis for our attempt to sequence the moa genome. Unfortunately the news is not good for our first batch… Read More

The Earth has 50 billion tons of DNA. What happens when we have the entire biocode?

One of the greatest achievements of the coming century will be the characterization of the Biocode, not just as a list of genomes of different species, but as patterns of interacting communities. Our first guess at its size… Read More

Russia has opened a laboratory in Siberia devoted to the study of extinct animal DNA in the hope of creating clones

The new lab in Yakutsk – often called the world’s coldest city – will “seek out live cells with a view to cloning”, says Semen Grigoryev, director of the Mammoth Museum at the city’s Northeastern Federal University. He… Read More

Critically endangered species successfully reproduced using frozen sperm from ferret dead for 20 years

Black-footed ferrets, a critically endangered species native to North America, have renewed hope for future survival thanks to successful efforts by a coalition of conservationists, including scientists at Lincoln Park Zoo, to reproduce genetically important offspring using frozen… Read More