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Clones Age Normally, So Relax

It’s been 20 years since the birth of Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult. Because Dolly died prematurely, scientists have worried that cloning accelerates the ageing process. But a new analysis of 13 cloned sheep — including a batch of Dolly’s genetic duplicates — shows that this isn’t the case.

The Future Will Be Full Of Lab-Grown Meat

In 2013, the world’s first lab-grown burger was unveiled to the world. It carried a $US330,000 price tag, and apparently, it wasn’t all that tasty. But the scientists behind the idea have been hard at work, and artificial meat that’s both cost-effective and palatable may arrive sooner than we think.

The De-Extincting Science In Jurassic World Is Right Around The Corner

Twenty five years ago, Michael Crichton captured our imaginations with the crazy idea that scientists might one day resurrect dinosaurs. But on the eve of Jurassic World‘s release a quarter century later, the prospect of bringing back extinct creatures is looking a lot less science fictional.

A New Mini Doc Explores How Close We Are To Cloning The Woolly Mammoth

Cloning isn’t science fiction anymore. In fact, in some parts of the world, it’s big business. But cloning an extinct Woolly Mammoth? Well, that’s another story, but this fascinating Motherboard documentary travels to South Korea and Russia to investigate how close we are to resurrecting the dead.

The Quest To Resurrect An Extinct Animal Without Cloning

Before there was the cow, there was the auroch, a sinewy beast that roamed Eurasia by the millions. And over thousands of years, humans bred the creature into the millions of milk-and-steak-machines we have today. The last auroch, however, died in the 17th century. A group of scientists now want to bring back the auroch by selectively breeding modern cows — domestication, but in reverse.

Scientists Have Cloned Embryos From Adult Cells For The First Time Ever

Ever since Dolly the sheep was cloned eighteen years ago, scientists have been trying and failing to use that same technique to create cloned human embryos from adult cells. Now, they have finally succeeded, in what could a major step toward personalised organ transplants and other therapies that rely on a pool of stem cells.

Scientists Use Acid To Turn Blood Cells Into Stem Cells In 30 Seconds

This is a game changer, folks. Whereas mining stem cells has been either an ethical quandary or a months-long affair, scientist can now turn any old blood cells into stem cells in just 30 seconds — by dipping them in acid.

China Is Cloning Pigs On An 'Industrial Scale'

A new report by the BBC reveals that China isn’t just experimenting with cloning — it’s doing it on an “industrial scale”. This is at best interesting and at worst more than a small cause for concern.

Study: Amber-Preserved Insects Don't Have DNA...Will That Stop Clive Palmer?

A new study suggests the worst possible news for fans of Jurassic Park: it’s not possible to isolate DNA from amber-preserved insects. Could be a hurdle for Aussie mining magnate and likely MP, Clive Palmer’s plans to clone a dinosaur and build a real-life Jurassic park in Queensland. He’s already got approvals.

This Nonprofit Is Quietly Cloning The World's Largest (And Oldest) Trees

The 2500-year-old Ankerwycke Yew, which sits near a medieval nunnery in Southern England, has borne witness to some serious history. It shaded the King of England during the signing of the Magna Carta. It was a favourite meeting spot of Anne Boleyn and King Henry. And it’s likely going to see a whole lot more, after the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive finishes cloning it.

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