5 ways CRISPR and NGS open possibilities for endangered and extinct species
Next generation sequencing and CRISPR genome editing have played major roles in the preservation of endangered species, as well as the thorough examination of extinct ones. Here are 5 recent blogs that have looked at the successes and pitfalls that come with these efforts, including:
Sequencing wildlife genomes can help unlock clues to animals’ diversity, life histories, and disease resistance. Read how NGS is saving endangered and threatened animals, one experiment at a time.
Is it possible to resurrect an extinct species? Read about a group that hopes to do so with the quagga, which last roamed the South African plains nearly 150 years ago.
George Church, the “father of synthetic biology,” is using IDT’s oligonucleotides to explore the de-extinction of the woolly mammoth. It’s hoped that genetic engineering of an extinct species can help save endangered species while also protecting the environment.
Rehabilitation of the endangered California condor has been a success but one fact can’t be overlooked: the ones alive today descend from just a handful of initial survivors, leaving the California condor with little genetic variation.
In an effort to protect the critically endangered sawfish, biologists are scanning the waters looking for traces of their DNA. Will it work?