The Genetic Rescue Foundation Blog

Time to Spread Your Wings: A Review of the Avian Ancient DNA Field

Ancient DNA (aDNA) has the ability to inform the evolutionary history of both extant and extinct taxa; however, the use of aDNA in the study of avian evolution is lacking in comparison to other vertebrates, despite birds being… Read More

Science Exchange enables completion of the Kakapo 125 Project

To date, The Genetic Rescue Foundation’s Kakapo 125 Project has successfully sequenced 80 kākāpō. This work was made possible by collaborating with DNA sequencing service providers on the Science Exchange network. In addition to enabling The Genetic Rescue… Read More

Predator-free target our last chance to save the kiwi

New Zealand will succeed in its ambition to be predator free by 2050 because the alternative is unthinkable to New Zealanders. Unless we grasp the opportunity to fight back against these insidious invaders there will be no kiwi… Read More

GRF Partner Science Exchange Raises $28M USD

The Genetic Rescue Foundation heavily makes use of the Science Exchange platform to locate the best service providers to complete its research. We’re thrilled to announce that Science Exchange has successfully raised $28M USD to continue its expansion in… Read More

Four in five of NZ’s native birds ‘in trouble’

32 per cent of NZ’s 168 native bird species “in serious trouble” Another 48 per cent of native birds “in some trouble” Environment watchdog recommends big funding boost, possibly through a levy on tourists Also recommends eradication of… Read More

Kakapo Genome Project – Second 40 kākāpō sequenced

The Kakapo Genome Project an effort to sequence the genomes of all known living kākāpō has passed the halfway point with 80 individuals now sequenced! The project has been receiving worldwide media coverage. Here’s a selection of articles… Read More

De-extinction: more hype than hope – A rebuttal

Helen Taylor a genetics researcher at the University of Otago recently published this blog post that attempts to discredit The Genetic Rescue Foundation’s objectives. http://sciblogs.co.nz/wild-science/2017/03/08/de-extinction-hype/ The following is The Genetic Rescue Foundation’s response to this piece. I believe in… Read More