David Iorns

David Iorns

Palo Alto, CA

The Genetic Rescue Foundation

Founder of The Genetic Rescue Foundation

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Published on Jul 05, 2017

Science Exchange enables completion of the Kakapo 125 Project

Dear project supporters, It's my pleasure to announce that thanks to Science Exchange our efforts to sequence the genomes of all known living kākāpō is now fully funded and heading for completion!W...

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Published on Nov 23, 2016

The next 40

The Kakapo 125 Project is pleased to announce the next 40 kākāpō to be sequenced! Aparima Hoki Pounamu Aranga Huhana Queenie ...

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Published on Apr 11, 2016

We did it!

Dear supporters of The Kakapo 125 Project,Today we reached our fundraising objective! It has been an amazing campaign and a humbling experience. On behalf of all of the project's collaborators I wo...

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Published on Apr 08, 2016

98% Funded!

Hi everyone, just a quick update to let you know that the project is now 98% percent funded with 23 days remaining. We've received a latish surge in contributions including some large donations tha...

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Published on Mar 31, 2016

300+ Backers and The Economist Cover

Thanks to the efforts of Kakapo 125 Project collaborator Jason Howard we'll be reading about the kākāpō's miserable sex life in April's edition of The Economist! This excellent arti...

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Published on Mar 24, 2016

The first 40

The Kakapo 125 Project continues to move ahead at pace. We're excited to be able to share with you the first 40 kākāpō who are now being sequenced! Alice Heather Richard Henry ...

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Published on Feb 24, 2016

The Kakapo 125 Launch Event at Zealandia

Excited to announce the official Kakapo 125 launch event at Zealandia in Wellington New Zealand! The event will be taking place on Monday March 14th 5:30pm - 7pm and has kindly been...

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Hi Anne-Lise thank you for the positive feedback! In the case of this project we have the luxury of working with the Department of Conservation (DOC) who have a mandate to conserve these endangered species in New Zealand and can access them with relative ease. If I wasn't working with DOC then yes I would need a permit to collect samples. There's also CITES to contend with if you intend to transport the samples overseas. In general it will depend on the species and country you're operating in but it's highly likely you will require permits of some form or another. Don't let that stop you and good luck with your work!
Oct 24, 2016
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Woooooooooooooo!!!!!! Thank you everyone!!!
Apr 11, 2016
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Awesome! Thank you Christina & Miltenyi Biotec (http://www.miltenyibiotec.com/).
Apr 08, 2016
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Thank you for your support Colette. I hope so too.
Apr 08, 2016
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We're so close! Thank you for your amazing support Judi.
Apr 08, 2016
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Haha I agree! I think the world would generally be a happier place with more kakapo.
Apr 01, 2016
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Thank you! It's great to be part of the Genome Galaxy initiative. Jason Howard at Duke's Jarvis Lab and PacBio teamed up to create the reference genome being used in this project. That reference genome cost about as much to produce as it will cost us to sequence every remaining individual in the species. Without that reference this project simply wouldn't be possible. I'm optimistic we'll achieve our fundraising target and look forward to seeing many more stars in the Genome Galaxy. https://experiment.com/institutions/genome-galaxy
Apr 01, 2016
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Thanks Joe! I totally agree. Without the Kakapo Recovery Team the kakapo would be extinct. These guys have dedicated their lives to saving this species and have my complete respect. Check out their website for more information about the great work they're doing. http://kakaporecovery.org.nz
Apr 01, 2016
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Thanks for the support Phil. So many great kiwi scientists are involved in this project.
Mar 16, 2016
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Thank you Warren! Everybody who contributes to this project is helping to secure the kakapo's future. It's an amazing and humbling experience to see the power of like-minded people coming together on a project like this.
Mar 16, 2016
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Hi Andrea, that's an interesting suggestion thank you for the feedback! I will look into the feasibility of offering that via the Genetic Rescue Foundation's shop http://shop.geneticrescue.science
Feb 20, 2016
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Thanks Charley! It's amazing what an impact Last Chance to See had. Kakapo conservation has a lot to thank Douglas Adams, Mark Cawardine and the BBC for. We hope to see you again in NZ sometime soon!
Feb 20, 2016
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