The Genetic Rescue Foundation Blog

Science is being surrendered to cultural sensitivity

In 2010 New Zealand’s venerable science body, the Royal Society of New Zealand, amalgamated with the Humanities Council. Science doesn’t have all life’s answers. Where would we be without literature, art, music, diverse cultures and the work of… Read More

Biological annihilation via the ongoing sixth mass extinction signaled by vertebrate population losses and declines

The population extinction pulse we describe here shows, from a quantitative viewpoint, that Earth’s sixth mass extinction is more severe than perceived when looking exclusively at species extinctions. Therefore, humanity needs to address anthropogenic population extirpation and decimation… Read More

The little bush moa genome

Scientists at Harvard University have assembled the first nearly complete genome of the little bush moa, a flightless bird that went extinct soon after Polynesians settled New Zealand in the late 13th century. The achievement moves the field… Read More

New Zealand’s two new (but long-lost) flightless birds

A goldmine of New Zealand’s prehistoric natural history has just yielded two more long-lost native species – tiny flightless rails. Scientists discovered fossil bones of what have just been described as two new species of rail near St… Read More

Fossil poop reveals critical role of giant birds in New Zealand’s ecosystem

When the first humans landed on what is now known as New Zealand 700 years ago, they didn’t find mammals. Instead, they discovered giant birds called moas, as well as a host of other indigenous bird species. Soon, they… Read More

Overseas researchers interested in pest control or eradication are all looking at New Zealand

“Overseas researchers interested in pest control or eradication are all looking at New Zealand,” says Forest and Bird chief executive Kevin Hague. There are several reasons for that. We are distant from other land masses, and we are… Read More

What a moa wants

As the dust has settled on another New Zealand election and policy promises turn into policy implementation, it seemed worthwhile to reflect on what a fully restored ecosystem would look like in 21st century Aotearoa/NZ and how this… Read More

The hidden crisis shaping life on earth

The diversity of species on Earth is plummeting, and by 2100, the number of extinctions could be as high as 1,000 – what can we do about it? Read the full article

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