The Genetic Rescue Foundation Blog

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

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

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