Japanese scientists create 581 clones from the same mouse

Scientists clone 581 mice from one mouse.

Japanese scientists have taken cloning to a whole new level. They have managed to push the technique to new limits by cloning 581 mice – all from a single original cell. If their results can be replicated in other animals it could provide a way for virtually unlimited supplies of genetically superior farm animals or other animals important to research.

 

 

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Harvard geneticist looking for ‘adventurous’ woman to give birth to a Neanderthal baby

Recreation of Neanderthal child.

Professor George Church of Harvard Medical School is looking for an “adventurous” woman to give birth to a baby Neanderthal.  It sounds like the plot of another Jurassic Park sequel, but the request is actually part of Professor Church’s real-life plan to bring our long-extinct relative back to life.

Scientists plan to clone Brazil’s endangered species

Black Lion Tamarin, the most endangered of the eight species in Brazil

Scientists in Brazil want to expand a mass effort to clone the populations of eight endangered species.  The Basilia Zoological Garden, along with Embrapa, the government’s agricultural research agency are spearheading the project.

 

 

 

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Woman pays $50k to clone her dog

The death of a beloved pet can be a traumatizing experience, and most people love their pets as they would any other member of their family. But would you pay $50,000 to clone a new version of your beloved pet from the DNA of the deceased? The lady in this clip didn’t hesitate to head over to South Korea, shell out the cash and clone her deceased dog Trouble, and she seems to have no regrets about her decision…

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“Should We Clone Neanderthals?”

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Hot genes to clone!

That’s the provocative title of an article in this month’s Archaeology magazine exploring the scientific, legal, and ethical considerations involved. Extensive information about the Neanderthal genetic code is available, and the technologic problems can apparently be overcome. Questions remain about how the process might best be accomplished, and whether it should be done at all.

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How Do Bees Manage To Land Safely?

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Fancy Flying Makes For Better Honey?
Ever wondered how bees always manage to land on a picnic table, underneath a flower petal, or on a wall of a hive, without crashing or tumbling? Well, scientists have, for the first time, figured out how these insects touch down on all sorts of surfaces, from right side up to upside-down.

To find out, Mandyam Srinivasan, an electrical engineer from the Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland and the Australian Research Council’s Vision Centre, and colleagues first built a bee-landing platform that could be inclined at any angle from horizontal to inverted (like a ceiling), then they trained bees to land on it and began filming…

Unisexual Lizards

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Who needs men at least thats what I hear from the Whiptail Lizard community

The three Whiptail Lizards on view in the Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians all play a part in one of the greatest mysteries of nature.The New Mexico Whiptail, pictured here, is an all-female species that is actually a mixture of the other two examples on display at the Museum — the Western Whiptail, which lives in the desert, and the Little Striped Whiptail, a denizen of grasslands.

Most products of crossbreeding, such as the mule, are sterile. But the New Mexico Whiptail, as well as several other all-female species of whiptail lizard, does reproduce, and all of its offspring are female. Moreover, it reproduces by parthenogenesis — its eggs require no fertilization, and its offspring are exact and complete genetic duplicates of the mother. Continue reading… “Unisexual Lizards”

World’s First Transgenic Dog Is A Fluorescent Puppy

World’s First Transgenic Dog Is Fluorescent Puppy

Ruppy the transgenic puppy at 10 days old under ultraviolet light 

A cloned beagle named Ruppy – short for Ruby Puppy – is the world’s first transgenic dog. She and four other beagles all produce a fluorescent protein that glows red under ultraviolet light. (Pics)

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