The Genetic Rescue Foundation Blog

Google makes significant donation to kākāpō conservation

New Zealand’s kākāpō recovery program has been given a major shot in the arm thanks to a significant donation from The Genetic Rescue Foundation supporter Stafford Marquardt and Google. Read the full article

First Gene Drive in Mammals Could Aid Vast New Zealand Eradication Plan

Scientists working in coördination with a U.S. conservation group say they’ve established an evolution-warping technology called a “gene drive” in mammals for the first time and could use it to stamp out invasive rodents ravaging seabirds on islands…. Read More

How to decide which extinct species we should resurrect

De-extinction could soon become reality – and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature is already making plans to encourage proper use of the technology. Read the full article

Using Moore’s Law to bring back New Zealand’s native birds

Reckless driving?

By exploiting selfish elements, geneticists can now fit a gene drive to practically any DNA sequence (assuming they have a map of the target creature’s genome), effectively directing that species’ genetic future. Read the full article

The beginning of the end for predators?

The government has announced its intention to make New Zealand predator-free by 2050. Prime Minister John Key said rats, possums and stoats kill 25 million native birds a year. He said the introduced pests also threatened the country’s… Read More

Tweaking Genes to Save Species

On islands around the globe, invasive rodents are obliterating native plants and animals — many of which exist nowhere else. By some estimates, 90 percent of these archipelagos are plagued by nonnative rodents. Eradicating them could restore ecosystems… Read More