The Genetic Rescue Foundation Blog

Contractors unearth giant moa bones in rural South Canterbury

Contractors discovered dozens of bones from what may be the tallest bird species recorded in what has been called an increasingly rare find. The bones of a female South Island giant moa were found with at least one… Read More

Invasive species blamed as second biggest cause of extinctions

Tim Blackburn at University College London and his colleagues compiled data from the Red List on 247 species of plant, amphibian, reptile, bird and mammal that have disappeared since 1500. They found that invasive species are the second… Read More

Bringing Back the Moa?

In The Origin of Species (1859), Charles Darwin asserts that “species and groups of species gradually disappear one after another, first from one spot, then from another, and finally from the world.” From the Darwinian perspective, species adaptation… Read More

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

A Mummified Moa Helps Paleontologists Reconstruct Feeding Behavior

Let’s say you had a mummy of a giant extinct bird—what would you do with it? Marie Attard and co-authors had a brilliant idea. They stuck it in an MRI scanner to get a detailed look at its… Read More

Kiwi Genome Sequenced

Researchers of the University of Leipzig and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, have now sequenced the genetic code of this endangered species and have identified several sequence changes that underlie the kiwi’s adaptation… 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