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Dr. George Church is a real-life Dr. Frankenstein. The inventor of CRISPR and one of the minds behind the Human Genome Project is no longer content just reading and editing DNA — now he wants to make new life. In Ben Mezrich's latest book, Wooly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History's Most Iconic Extinct Creatures, Church and his Harvard lab try to do the impossible, and clone an extinct Woolly mammoth back into existence.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Almost two decades ago, scientists succeeded in cloning Dolly the sheep. Now, the same process has been allowed scientists to clone embryonic stem cells from fetal human skin cells for the very first time. There are no more barriers between us and creating human clones.


When you think of cloning, you'll probably either think of Dolly, or maybe some sort of sci-fi clone army. German scientists, on the other hand, their minds hop to Christmas trees, and the hope that cloning can bring us all perfect ones forever.


For those not familiar with the CV of mining billionaire Clive Palmer, you could be forgiven for thinking this sounds a bit out there, but sources close to the man himself are reporting that Palmer wants to clone a dinosaur from DNA and release it in his resort in Coolum, Queensland. Welcome...to Jurassic Palmer.


Not happy with cloning watches, iPods, trains and even combat airplanes, the Chinese are now cloning an entire European city. And not any city, but the mountain town of Hallstatt, Austria, a UNESCO World Heritage site.


The big news back in the day was sequencing the human genome. It was a long, laborious process, and the resulting document was hardly a page-turner, but it meant that if someone had the right technology they could reconstruct human DNA from scratch. They could build a human. Now they can build a whole lot of things.