The Genetic Rescue Foundation Blog

Fossilized dinosaur blood (but no genetic material)

The fossilized blood cells were found in the claw of an a unidentified theropod (a dinosaur group which includes T. rex and velociraptor). The collagen was found in several other bones, including ribs from unknown species or genuses…. Read More

How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction – with Beth Shapiro

Oliver A. Ryder on designing the destiny of biological diversity

The question “how far should we go to bring back a lost species?” opens a deeper discussion that requires us to consider what kind of world we want now and for the future. In answering, I am considering… Read More

Complete Woolly Mammoth Genome Sequenced

An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. A US team is already attempting to study the animals’ characteristics by inserting mammoth genes into elephant stem cells. They want to find out… Read More

Scientists sequencing DNA of endangered tuatara

World-leading biologist Stephen O’Brien, currently in New Zealand, has looked at the DNA extracted from blood, feathers and saliva of threatened animals for almost four decades. The information has helped conservationists to anticipate the hidden dangers, such as… Read More

Moa revival vital to the survival of New Zealand’s remaining native bush

Whanganui Regional Museum natural history curator Dr Mike Dickison said resurrecting the moa in areas such as the Dart River Valley near Wanaka where they once thrived, could be vital to the survival of New Zealand’s remaining native… Read More

Breakthrough in avian artificial insemination a promising step towards Moa revival

Sea World’s reproductive center has succeeded in delivering the world’s first penguin chick as a result of artificial insemination. This is a promising development in helping to rebuild populations of endangered penguin species and is a big step forward… Read More