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Physicists at The Australian National University and University of Queensland have produced near-perfect clones of quantum information using a new method to surpass previous cloning limits.

The new cloning method uses high performance optical amplifiers to clone light encoded with quantum information — and it is possible this technique could allow quantum encryption to be implemented with existing fibre optic infrastructure.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.