The Genetic Rescue Foundation Blog

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

UCSC Paleogenomics Lab joins quest for moa genome

The Moa Revival Project is excited to announce that the UCSC Paleogenomics Lab will be assisting with the moa genome sequencing attempt. The Paleogenomics Lab is a joint venture between renowned scientists Beth Shapiro, and Richard (Ed) Green…. Read More

Over 5000 base pairs were inserted into mammalian cells using a simplified end joining process

Researchers have shown that a site specific double strand break (DSB) generated both in the genome and the donor plasmid using the CRISPR-Cas9 system can be efficiently used to target ∼5 kb plasmids into mammalian genomes via nonhomologous end… Read More

Scientists resurrect woolly mammoth gene in human cell

Scientists “resurrected” a mammoth gene by transplanting it into a human kidney cell in the lab. The gene, called TRPV3, is known to affect temperature sensation and hair growth regulation. When they added the mammoth TRPV3 gene to… Read More

Are We Really 99% Chimp?

A great simplified overview of the complexities involved in genome comparison.

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