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Blog Archive for the ‘Genetics’ Category

Revive & Restore Releases Ocean Genomics Horizon Scan

by Ahmed Kabil on June 26th, 02019

Revive & Restore has released a 200-page report providing the first-of-its-kind assessment of genomic and biotech innovations to complement, enhance, and accelerate today’s marine conservation strategies.

Revive & Restore’s mission is to enhance biodiversity through the genetic rescue of endangered and extinct species. In pursuit of this and in. . .   Read More

Galloping, GIFs and Genes: Geneticists Store Moving Image in Living Bacteria

by Ahmed Kabil on August 22nd, 02017

In 01872, California Governor Leland Stanford hired the famed photographer Eadweard Muybridge to settle a question of popular debate—whether all four of a horse’s feet ever left the ground when it galloped. The resulting series of photographs, Sallie Gardner at a Gallop, showed without a doubt that horses do indeed go airborne at. . .   Read More

Could Reviving the Woolly Mammoth Help Solve Climate Change?

by Ahmed Kabil on March 28th, 02017

For over 100,000 years, wide swaths of the northern part of the globe were covered in grasslands where millions of bison, horses, and woolly mammoths grazed. Known as the Mammoth Steppe, it was the world’s most extensive biome, stretching from Spain to Canada, with more animal biomass than the African Savannah. With the. . .   Read More

Is the Great Auk a Candidate for De-Extinction?

by Stewart Brand on February 4th, 02016

On June 25 and 26, 2015, a meeting was held at the International Centre for Life in Newcastle, England, to discuss whether the extinct Great Auk–a once-common flightless pelagic bird known as “the penguin of the north”–might be a realistic candidate for bringing back to life using recent breakthroughs in genetic technology. . .   Read More

Beth Shapiro Seminar Media

by Danielle Engelman on June 1st, 02015

This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking.

How to Clone a Mammoth
Monday May 11, 02015 – San Francisco

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De-extinction science. . .   Read More

Ferreting the Genome

by Perry Hall on December 16th, 02014

Revive & Restore Unveils Open Genomics for Conservation Initiative
Revive & Restore is embarking on its first open-access science initiative – Ferreting the Genome: Open Genomics for Conservation. The initiative will enlist the help of the public to understand how the black-footed ferret gene pool has changed from the founding population to the current. . .   Read More

Drew Endy Seminar Media

by Andrew Warner on October 2nd, 02014

This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking.

The iGEM Revolution
Tuesday September 16, 02014 – San Francisco

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Massively collaborative synthetic biology – a. . .   Read More

Drew Endy Seminar Primer

by Charlotte Hajer on September 3rd, 02014

On Tuesday, September 16th, Drew Endy presents “The iGEM Revolution“ as part of our monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking. Each month, our Seminar Primer gives you some background about the speaker, including links to explore even more.

From Adventures in Synthetic Biology, by Drew Endy
Biotechnology is a young science, but it’s already. . .   Read More

Time Bottled in a Dozen 50-Milliliter Flasks

by Catherine Borgeson on August 21st, 02014

For most living organisms, 60,000 generations is an extensive amount of time. Go back that many human generations, or about 1,500,000 years, and there are fossils suggesting Homo erectus were widespread in East and Southeast Asia at that time. Even for the fruit flies, which geneticists have studied for over a century. . .   Read More

Revive & Restore Sequences Extinct Passenger Pigeon DNA

by Austin Brown on November 7th, 02013

Revive & Restore’s passenger pigeon expert, Ben Novak, has been working for months to gather samples of DNA from 77 specimens of the extinct bird.
Our first glimpses of data confirmed that the samples would be able to provide the DNA needed for a full genome sequence, but as we delved into the work. . .   Read More