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The Frozen Zoo: Genetic Rescue of Endangered Species Using Advanced Genetic and Reproductive Technologies

Oliver Ryder, PhD

Advanced genetic and reproductive technologies now make it possible to reduce extinction risks for small populations, so long as appropriate samples have been collected and maintained. San Diego Zoo is a unique resource amassed over 40 years that contains viable cell cultures and germplasm from numerous endangered species. Currently, this resource stands as the only means to prevent the extinction of the northern white rhinoceros. This lecture will provide an overview of the requisite technology and will discuss the progress that has been made to rescue the northern white rhinoceros from extinction.

Instructor: Oliver Ryder is Director of Genetics and Kleberg Chair at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. He received his undergraduate degree from UC Riverside and his PhD from UCSD. His career has encompassed the development of the field of conservation genetics. Ryder oversees the Frozen Zoo® and directs the efforts of a highly productive research team that engages in conservation activities locally and globally.

Coordinator: John Kroon

Course Number: OSHR-70032   Credit: 0 units

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04/11/2017 In-class 123369 $0.00  

Day and Time: Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla