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Many applications of animal cloning and genetic modification are controversial for environmental, health, animal welfare, and social reasons.

At least eighteen animal species have been cloned since 1996, when scientists produced Dolly the sheep, the world's first cloned mammal. Then and now, only a tiny percentage of cloning attempts produce live offspring. Many of these clones are unhealthy, and some leading scientists believe that none are "normal."

Nonetheless, animal cloning efforts continue. Some are justified as scientific experiments. Others are commercial ventures, either to produce pets for consumers or breeding animals for the livestock industry. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the inclusion of meat and milk from cloned animals (without labels) in the  food supply.

Like cloning, genetic modification of animals is remarkably inefficient. It is being pursued for several purposes. Genetically modified (or transgenic) animals are commonly used in research. Efforts are underway to produce transgenic pigs as a source of organ transplants, transgenic fish for food, and transgenic livestock that resist animal diseases. In a practice sometimes called pharming, several mammalian species (cattle, sheep, and goats) have been genetically engineered to produce commercially useful human proteins in their milk. Fish engineered to glow in the dark have been developed and marketed as pets. Proposals to clone extinct species, particularly mammoths and neanderthals, regularly appear in the news media.

Do We Need an International Body to Regulate Genetic Engineering?by Kristen V. BrownGizmodoJanuary 18th, 2017Science reaches across borders, which poses challenging questions for us to decide what the future should look like--locally and globally.
The Promise and Peril of Emerging Reproductive Technologiesby Ekaterina PeshevaHarvard Medical SchoolJanuary 11th, 2017IVG, thus far successful only in mice, allows scientists to create embryos in a lab by reprogramming any type of adult cell to become a sperm or egg cell.
Designer babies: an ethical horror waiting to happen?by Philip BallThe Guardian January 8th, 2017A perfectly feasible 10-20% improvement in health via PGD, added to the comparable advantage that wealth already brings, could lead to a widening of the health gap between rich and poor, both within a society and between nations.
Rewriting the Code of Lifeby Michael SpecterNew YorkerJanuary 2nd, 2017Combining gene drive and CRISPR/Cas9 technologies, Kevin Esvelt is in an unusual position. There has never been a more powerful biological tool, or one with more potential to both improve the world and endanger it.
2016 Fear vs Hope: Gene Editing— Terrible turning point?by Pete ShanksDeccan ChronicleJanuary 1st, 2017As the tools for gene editing rapidly advance, we approach our best chance to prevent the rise of a modern, uncontrolled and dangerously ill-considered techno-eugenics.
‘Gene drive’ moratorium shot down at UN biodiversity meetingby Ewen CallawayNatureDecember 21st, 2016Environmental activists’ appeals for a freeze on gene-drive field trials, and on some lab research, are likely to resurface in the future.
Four Steps Forward, One Leap Back on Global Governance of Synthetic Biologyby ETC GroupETC GroupDecember 19th, 2016196 countries meeting at the UN Convention on Biodiversity grappled with how synthetic biology and other risky technologies threaten biodiversity, local economies, and the rights of farmers and Indigenous Peoples.
Review of Blame: A Novelby Abby Lippman, Biopolitical Times guest contributorNovember 28th, 2016Blame is especially important for those unfamiliar with the range of ethical, social, legal, and political issues raised by applications of what is learned in a lab. While a work of fiction, it is definitely not science-fiction
Obama’s Science Advisors Are Worried About Future CRISPR Terrorismby Daniel OberhausVICE MotherboardNovember 21st, 2016While the form biological threats will take in the future is uncertain, what is certain is that the United States is not at all prepared to deal with them.
DNA-editing breakthrough could fix 'broken genes' in the brain, delay ageing and cure incurable diseasesby Ian JohnstonThe Independent [UK]November 16th, 2016The technique allows DNA changes that have not previously been possible, modifying the genes of non-dividing cells in a living animal.
Blood from human teens rejuvenates body and brains of old miceby Jessica HamzelouNew ScientistNovember 15th, 2016A biotech company working with mice is hoping to translate animal research into anti-ageing treatments for humans.
Synthetic human genome project releases its draft timelineby Ike SwelitzStat NewsOctober 28th, 2016HGP-Write rebrands itself suggesting broader visions to synthesize "all sorts of...genomes, not just humans," but issues of transparency loom.
Are Altered Mosquitoes a Public Health Project, or a Business?by Antonio RegaladoMIT Technology ReviewOctober 27th, 2016The fight against dengue and Zika in Latin America is turning into a contest between mosquito-altering technologies, and between profits and public health.
Dangers of an Unscientific Policy Process:
Why the UK’s legalization of “three-person babies” should not be the model for CRISPR
by Jessica Cussins, Biopolitical Times guest contributorOctober 25th, 2016The UK’s consideration of the science and public support for “mitochondrial replacement” may seem robust on its surface, but when it comes to CRISPR germline genome editing policy, we can and must do better.
Mouse eggs made from skin cells in a dishby David CyranoskiNatureOctober 17th, 2016A research breakthrough sparks debate over the prospect of using stem cell techniques to produce synthetic human eggs from body tissue.
CRISPR deployed to combat sickle-cell anaemiaby Heidi LedfordNature NewsOctober 12th, 2016Gene therapy aimed at a single-cell genetic condition shows some success in mice, while highlighting unknowns of human gene editing.
Writing the First Human Genome by 2026 Is Synthetic Biology’s Grand Challengeby Jason DorrierSingularity HubOctober 10th, 2016AutoDesk's Andrew Hessel promises a functional fully synthesized human genome by 2026, continuing the HGP-Write hype that began with a closed meeting at Harvard in May.
Don’t Miss This: The Story of CRISPR Told in a Comicby Kayla TolentinoOctober 6th, 2016Illustrator Andy Warner helps to break down the complexities of the still unraveling CRISPR gene editing story in his recent piece "Bad Blood."
With New Program, DARPA To Encourage Safety "Brakes" For Gene Editingby Alex LashXconomyOctober 5th, 2016The US military R&D agency has launched a funding program called "Safe Genes" to find "safety measures that don’t slow us down."
Meet the guy biohacking puppies to make them glow in the darkby Kristen V. BrownFusionSeptember 28th, 2016The goal isn’t just to make glowing Frankenpuppies. "I want to make perfect dogs...I don’t want slightly imperfect dogs."
‘Motherless babies!’ How to create a tabloid science headline in five easy stepsby Gretchen VogelScience MagazineSeptember 14th, 2016Here's the recipe for transforming a modest developmental biology paper into a blockbuster story.
When Evolution Fights Back Against Genetic Engineeringby Brooke BorelThe AtlanticSeptember 12th, 2016Gene drive technology raises intense ethical and practical concerns, not only from critics but from the very scientists who are working with it.
The Perils of Planned Extinctionsby Claire Hope CummingsProject SyndicateSeptember 6th, 2016Instead of taking time to fully consider the ethical, ecological, and social issues of gene-drive technology, many are aggressively promoting its use in conservation.
US government may fund research to combine human cells and animal cellsAssociated Foreign PressAugust 5th, 2016Stuart Newman asks: What if we have pigs with human brains and they are wondering why we are doing experiments on them? What about human bodies with animal brains? Could we harvest organs from them?
NIH Plans To Lift Ban On Research Funds For Part-Human, Part-Animal Embryosby Rob SteinNPRAugust 4th, 2016Concerns include the inadvertent creation of animals with partly human brains, endowing them with some semblance of human consciousness or human thinking abilities. (Public comment until September 4.)
What Ever Happened to Cloning?[cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky]by Kimberly LeonardUS News & World ReportAugust 4th, 2016Twenty years since Dolly, the field of cloning remains highly inefficient for animals and too unethical to attempt with humans.
Peter Thiel Is Very, Very Interested in Young People's Bloodby Jeff BercoviciInc.August 1st, 2016The controversial venture capitalist believes transfusions may hold the key to his dream of living forever.
Two Decades After Dollyby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJuly 12th, 201620 years after the first cloned mammal was born, the US still does not have legal prohibitions on cloned people, or on heritable human genetic modification.
The National Academies’ Gene Drive study has ignored important and obvious issues by Jim ThomasThe Guardian June 9th, 2016Some important gaps in the study include an analysis of The report ducks questions about militarization, commercialization, and food security, but acknowledges there is "insufficient evidence to support the environmental release of gene drives."
Genetically engineered bugs to fight malaria and Zika? Not so fast, experts sayby Joel AchenbachThe Washington PostJune 8th, 2016The use of "gene drive" technologies threaten incalculable harm to ecosystems worldwide.
The Problem With Super-Muscly Pigsby Judith Benz-Schwarzburg & Arianna FerrariSlateJune 3rd, 2016Technologies to genetically engineer sentient animals for meat production raise questions about the human-animal relationship.
Scientists solve CRISPR’s ‘Energizer bunny’ problemby Sharon BegleySTATApril 27th, 2016A new CRISPR system called "CORRECT" stopped Cas9 from cutting again and again, and allowed researchers to edit one but not both copies of a target gene.
Inside the Hidden Global Supply Chain for Frozen Sperm, Eggs, and Embryosby Sarah ZhangWIREDApril 25th, 2016Ever-changing laws and attitudes, which vary not only country by country but within a country, can make transportation logistically difficult.
Save the Mosquitosby Ashley DawsonJacobinApril 22nd, 2016We should fight Zika with better public health, not genetically modified mosquitos.
The Scientific Swap Meet Behind the Gene-Editing Boomby Antonio RegaladoMIT Technology ReviewApril 8th, 2016A Cambridge non-profit called AddGene, described as "Amazon.com for biological parts," ships CRISPR-Cas9 parts all over the world.
Uterus Transplants: Identifying Stakeholders & Objectionsby Elliot HosmanMarch 10th, 2016Clinical trials have migrated from Sweden to the US, and questions regarding safety, ethics, and social justice are mounting.
CRISPR Eugenics in The X Filesby Elliot HosmanMarch 10th, 2016In the comeback season finale, the show explores the use of human gene editing to combat global warming and overpopulation.
A Biotech Evangelist Seeks a Zika Dividendby Andrew PollackThe New York TimesMarch 5th, 2016A diverse biotechnology company hopes its genetically engineered mosquitoes can help stop the spread of a devastating virus. But that’s just a start.
Human Babies from CRISPR Pigsby Stuart NewmanHuffPost ScienceFebruary 29th, 2016300 years after Jonathan Swift, can anyone doubt that the grandchildren of some people born this year will be delivered fresh off the farm?
Scientists Make Mice Glumby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 25th, 2016Researchers investigate human genetic variant for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in transgenic mice models.
Chinese Cloning Firm Pumps $15 Million into California Stem Cell Businessby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportFebruary 24th, 2016A financially strapped California stem cell company could be taken over by a Chinese enterprise that says it can clone humans, and is "only holding off for fear of the public reaction."
Thousands of goats and rabbits vanish from major biotech labby Sara ReardonNature NewsFebruary 19th, 2016Dallas-based Santa Cruz Biotechnology is one of the world’s largest antibody providers — and the subject of a US government animal-welfare investigation.
Cautious approach warranted for new gene-editing techniqueby Paul KnoepflerThe Sacramento BeeFebruary 13th, 2016We urgently need a moratorium on using CRISPR technology on future people, and a full public debate while we learn more about its potential positive and negative effects.
A Monkey Circles in a Cageby Elliot Hosman, Biopolitical TimesJanuary 29th, 2016Researchers created transgenic monkeys with a gene duplication associated with Rett Syndrome autism in humans, raising concerns of the limits and ethics of using animal models in biomedical research.
Who's Looking to Profit from Human Germline Changes?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 28th, 2016Billionaire Randal Kirk has assembled the components to commercialize heritable human genetic modification.
Will creating monkeys with autism-like symptoms be any use?by Sam WongNew ScientistJanuary 25th, 2016Researchers are divided on whether a condition like autism can be meaningfully reproduced in monkeys.
Human-Animal Chimeras Are Gestating on U.S. Research Farmsby Antonio RegaladoMIT Technology ReviewJanuary 6th, 2016A radical new approach to generating human organs is to grow them inside pigs or sheep.
A startup that wants to start using a controversial gene-editing tool in people by 2017 just filed to go publicby Lydia RamseyBusiness InsiderJanuary 4th, 2016Editas Medicine, co-founded by Feng Zhang, is developing a CRISPR gene therapy for rare blindness with human trials planned for 2017.
Whatever Happened to Human Experimentation?by Carl ElliottHastings Center ReportJanuary 1st, 2016The choice to abandon the word “experiment” is emblematic of a larger movement beginning in the 1990s, in which many bioethics scholars moved from being critics of the research enterprise to being its champions.
CRISPR helps heal mice with muscular dystrophyby Jocelyn KaiserScience/AAASDecember 31st, 2015Three research groups report using CRISPR in mice to modify a gene associated with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the first time CRISPR has been delivered throughout the body to treat grown animals with a genetic disease.
First GMO Corn, then Frankenfish, and Now — Get Ready for Designer Babies[cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky]by Janet PhelanActivist PostDecember 25th, 2015“The medical arguments are tenuous and the possible social consequences are grave” for modifying the human germline.
First Genetically Edited Cows Arrive at UC Davisby Edward OrtizSacramento BeeDecember 20th, 2015The two calves will never grow horns typical of their breed. Instead, they’ll always sport soft hair where hard mounds normally emerge.
GM Insects and Moral Blackmailby  Jack Stilgoe and Sarah HartleyThe Guardian [UK]December 17th, 2015Scientists have raised concerns about extreme and potentially existential environmental and security risks, including the extinction of species and/or ecosystems.
China 'clone factory' scientist eyes human replicationby Rebecca DavisAgence France PresseDecember 1st, 2015The scientist behind the world's biggest cloning factory has technology advanced enough to replicate humans, and is only holding off for fear of the public reaction.
Disgraced clone expert set for big comeback[cites CGS consultant Pete Shanks]by Chang May ChoonThe Straits TimesNovember 30th, 2015Hwang Woo Suk is partnering with a Chinese biotech firm to to open the world's largest animal cloning factory in Tianjin.
First CRISPR Gene Drive in Mosquitoes Aims to Eradicate Malariaby Antonio RegaladoMIT Technology ReviewNovember 23rd, 2015The scientific community is at odds over whether it is safe to release a "selfish" gene into the wild.
F.D.A. Takes Issue With the Term ‘Non-G.M.O.’by Stephanie StromThe New York TimesNovember 20th, 2015"They’re conflating a very new and novel technology with traditional types of breeding...It’s like saying an abacus is very much like a computer."
Scientists may soon be able to 'cut and paste' DNA to cure deadly diseases and design perfect babiesby Tanya LewisBusiness InsiderNovember 19th, 2015CRISPR gene editing tools are being proposed for a wide range of uses, many of which pose risks to ecological systems and human society.
Uterus Transplants May Soon Help Some Infertile Women in the U.S. Become Pregnantby Denise GradyThe New York TimesNovember 12th, 2015The Cleveland Clinic will become the first US site for experimental uterus transplants.
The Risks of Assisting Evolutionby Elizabeth AlterThe New York TimesNovember 10th, 2015Crispr-Cas9 and gene drive allow us to bend evolution to our will, but will they spark an ecological catastrophe?
Should Human Stem Cells Be Used To Make Partly Human Chimeras?by Rob SteinNPRNovember 6th, 2015The NIH has declared a moratorium on research that puts human stem cells into nonhuman animal embryos.
Powerful 'Gene Drive' Can Quickly Change an Entire Speciesby Rob SteinNPRNovember 5th, 2015Scientists are creating insects genetically engineered to produce only certain types of offspring. Uncertainty about environmental effects is causing widespread and serious concern.
First Gene-Edited Dogs Reported in Chinaby Antonio RegaladoMIT Technology ReviewOctober 19th, 2015An extra-muscular beagle has been created through CRISPR-Cas9 genome engineering. Are we on our way to customizing the DNA of our pets, and children?
Four Synthetic Biology Inventions That Flummox the Fedsby Kelly ServickScienceOctober 15th, 2015As researchers develop ways to genetically engineer living organisms, studies highlight the lack of clarity about which US regulatory agency would be charged with approval or oversight.
Disgraced Scientist Clones Dogs, and Critics Question His Intentby Rob SteinNPRSeptember 30th, 2015Sooam Biotech, founded by scientific pariah Hwang Woo Suk, has cloned over 600 dogs for $100,000 each. The process works only one-third of the time and is risky.
Gene-edited 'micropigs' to be sold as pets at Chinese instituteby David CyranoskiNature NewsSeptember 29th, 2015Originally designed as models for testing expensive drugs in smaller quantities, the pigs are now being marketed as customizable pets.
Limits of Responsibility: Genome Editing, Asilomar, and the Politics of Deliberationby J. Benjamin HurlbutHastings Center ReportSeptember 28th, 2015What justifies the notion that CRISPR has caught us off guard or that it is appropriate for experts to retreat into secluded spaces to define the parameters of public debate?
E.U. parliament votes to ban cloning of farm animalsby Gretchen VogelScienceSeptember 8th, 2015The ban does not cover cloning for research purposes, nor does it prevent efforts to clone endangered species.
Surgeons Smash Records with Pig-to-Primate Organ Transplantsby Antonio RegaladoMIT Technology ReviewAugust 12th, 2015A biotech company is genetically engineering pigs so that their organs might work in people.
Reframing "De-extinction" by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 28th, 2015Beth Shapiro is advocating for a new definition of "de-extinction" that stresses the ecological niche over genetic identity. She envisages using novel creatures to change entire ecologies.
DNA Editing in Mouse Embryos Prevents Disease[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Sara ReardonNature NewsApril 23rd, 2015“It is a bit of a slippery slope — if you start allowing any editing tool, you open a Pandora’s box of the possibility to edit anything.”
The Next Manhattan Projectby Patrick TuckerThe AtlanticApril 7th, 2015Anticipating cutting-edge scientific research before it happens may be key to protecting against bioterrorism.
Human DNA Enlarges Mouse Brainsby Elizabeth PennisiScienceFebruary 19th, 2015Researchers have increased the size of mouse brains by giving the rodents a piece of human DNA that controls gene activity.
Extinct Species Should Stay Extinctby Ben A. MinteerCenter for Humans and NatureDecember 1st, 2014How far should we go to bring back lost species?
Massive Man Versus Mouse Genome Project Publishes Resultsby Katie HoweBioNewsNovember 24th, 2014A comprehensive international study has revealed striking similarities as well as some significant differences in the regulation of mouse and human genomes.
Pigs to Peopleby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesNovember 24th, 2014Synthetic biology takes aim at xenotransplantation.
For $100,000, You Can Clone Your Dogby Josh DeanBloomberg BusinessweekOctober 22nd, 2014Dr. Hwang Woo Suk, infamous for fabricating claims about cloning a human embryo, now uses somatic cell nuclear transfer to clone people's dogs.
Let's Play God (or not)by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 14th, 2014Reason magazine earns points for honesty about wanting to use gene drives to "play God" — and for editing skills.
Hwang Woo-suk Reaches the Silver Screenby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 2nd, 2014A new movie opening in Korea is explicitly about how the notorious cloning and stem-cell fraud was revealed, though the names of the principals have been changed.
On the Irreversibility of Gene Drivesby Noam PrywesThe ScientistSeptember 16th, 2014Should researchers genetically modify wild populations of mosquitoes to curb vector-borne diseases like malaria?
On the Horns of the GMO Dilemmaby Antonio RegaladoMIT Technology ReviewSeptember 2nd, 2014Can genome-editing technology revive the idea of genetically modified livestock?
‘Can you clone that?’ Putin has close encounter with mammoth Dima in Russia’s Far EastRussia TodaySeptember 1st, 2014Upon meeting a mammoth mummy in a museum in the Russian Far East, President Putin was assured that the museum scientists are closely collaborating with South Koreans on the possibility of cloning it.
Century After Extinction, Passenger Pigeons Remain Iconic—And Scientists Hope to Bring Them Backby Carl ZimmerNational GeographicAugust 31st, 2014The 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, last of her kind, finds biologists dreaming of preventing or reversing extinctions.
Biologists Choose Sides In Safety Debate Over Lab-Made Pathogensby Nell GreenfieldBoyceNPRAugust 13th, 2014A smoldering debate about whether researchers should ever deliberately create superflu strains and other risky germs in the interest of science has flared once again.
Failures and Risks in Biosafety Regulationby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJuly 24th, 2014Accidents at CDC and elsewhere point up the difficulties in regulating potentially dangerous releases of genetically modified organisms, which scientists are, quite responsibly, discussing.
Proposed Gene Technology Could Alter Organisms in Wildby Carolyn Y. JohnsonBoston GlobeJuly 17th, 2014Scientists say that this use of the new gene-editing technology could lead to inadvertent species extinctions, new genes spreading through the environment in unexpected ways, and unforeseen ecological ripple effects.
Seralini Republished: Roundup-Ready GMO Maize Causes Serious Health Damageby Oliver TickellThe EcologistJune 25th, 2014A scientific study has been republished following its controversial retraction under strong commercial pressure.
Surprise: Stem Cells Help Mice with Multiple Sclerosis to Walkby Kirsten StewartThe Salt Lake TribuneMay 15th, 2014While attempting to better understand the common problem of stem cell rejection, a team of scientists in California may have found a new avenue for treating multiple sclerosis.
Free Dolly!by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesMay 15th, 2014The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that cloned animals cannot be patented.
Is it Right to Reverse Extinction?by Ben MinteerNature World ViewMay 14th, 2014It cuts against the progressive aims of science to say it, but there can be wisdom in taking our foot off the gas, in resisting the impulse to further control and manipulate; to fix nature.
Dolly the Sheep’s Clones Deemed Unpatentable by U.S. Courtby Susan DeckerBloombergMay 8th, 2014The Scottish scientists famous for concocting Dolly the sheep lost a bid to get U.S. patent protection for the cloned animal. A court said their creations are just genetic copies of naturally occurring beings.
You Can't Clone Dogs Without Lots of Suffering - Why Scientist who Created World First 'Frankenstein Pet' has Quit by Christopher BucktinMirrorApril 12th, 2014Lou Hawthorne is the forefather of cloning yet, after two decades and 20 other genetically engineered pooches, he has turned his back on the industry, sickened over the suffering it causes thousands of dogs each year.
DNA Dreamsby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesApril 9th, 2014The fascinating documentary film that explores the inner workings of BGI Shenzhen, “the world’s largest genomics organization,” is now available in full on YouTube.
CRISPR Reverses Disease Symptoms in Living Animals for First TimeGenetic Engineering NewsMarch 31st, 2014MIT scientists report the use of a CRISPR methodology to cure mice of a rare liver disorder caused by a single genetic mutation.
Researchers Claim Stem Cell Advanceby Monte MorinThe Los Angeles TimesMarch 27th, 2014Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University say they have successfully generated embryonic stem cells using fertilized mouse embryos, a feat that many scientists had thought was impossible.
Martha, My Dear: What De-Extinction Can’t Bring Backby Elizabeth KolbertThe New YorkerMarch 12th, 2014To bring a lost animal back because people might like to see it, or because they might feel better imagining that it’s not entirely gone, or just to demonstrate that it can be done is a vanity project, and nothing else.
The Mammoth Comethby Nathaniel RichThe New York TimesFebruary 27th, 2014Bringing extinct animals back to life is really happening — and it’s going to be very, very cool. Unless it ends up being very, very bad.
First Transgenic Monkeys Born Via “Precision Gene Editing”by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesFebruary 6th, 2014Chinese scientists announced the birth of the first primates created with a precision gene modification technique, raising both hopes about new insights into human diseases and concerns about new attempts at human inheritable genetic engineering.
Americans Still Oppose "Playing God" with Geneticsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 6th, 2014Public disapproval of inheritable genetic modification and attempts to revive extinct species is as strong as ever.
Animal and Pet Cloning Opinion Pollsby CGS StaffFebruary 4th, 2014Americans strongly disapprove of pet cloning, and oppose animal cloning in general.
First Monkeys with Customized Mutations Bornby Helen ShenNatureJanuary 30th, 2014Researchers in China report the first monkeys engineered with targeted mutations using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system.
Editorial: Don’t rush to rehabilitate HwangNatureJanuary 21st, 2014Nature’s profile of a former fraudster’s attempts to regain respectability should not be taken as an endorsement of the researcher’s claims.
Cloning Fraudster Profiled by Big Science Journalsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 19th, 2014Korean stem-cell fraudster Hwang Woo-suk has been busy trying to rehabilitate his reputation and collaborating with the Chinese genomic powerhouse BGI.
Butting Heads Over "De-extinction"by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 16th, 2014Paul Ehrlich and Stewart Brand have written contrasting essays debating the idea of "de-extinction.”
Cloning comebackby David CyranoskiNature NewsJanuary 14th, 2014Ten years ago, Woo Suk Hwang rose to the top of his field before fraud and dodgy bioethical practices derailed his career. Can a scientific pariah redeem himself?
China cloning on an 'industrial scale'by David ShukmanBBC NewsJanuary 13th, 2014Their cloning methods may not be novel, but the application of mass production is. And BGI has ambitions to sequence the genomes of a million people, a million animals and a million plants.
The Case Against De-Extinction: It’s a Fascinating but Dumb Ideaby Paul R. Ehrliche360January 13th, 2014Even if reviving extinct species is practical, it’s an awful idea. It would take resources away from saving endangered species and their habitats and would divert us from the critical work needed to protect the planet.
The Case for De-Extinction: Why We Should Bring Back the Woolly Mammothby Stewart Brande360January 13th, 2014Restoring long-gone species is a goal worth pursuing, with real benefits for conservation and our sense of the natural world.
DNA Dreamingby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesJanuary 13th, 2014A new documentary looks at the Chinese company that styles itself "the world’s largest genomics organization,” and its hunt for the genetic basis of intelligence.
CRISPRs Enlisted to Study Mutations Across an Entire Mammalian GenomeGenetic Engineering & Biotechnology NewsDecember 24th, 2013Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have developed a technique to create a comprehensive library of mutations across all genes in the mouse genome.
Dumbest Stem Cell Headlines & Stories of 2013by Paul KnoepflerKnoepfler Lab Stem Cell BlogDecember 23rd, 2013Reading these, one doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
Turning Back Time: Ageing Reversed in Miceby Laasya SamhitaNew ScientistDecember 19th, 2013A team has identified a new way in which cells age, and reversed the process in old mice whose bodies appear younger in several ways.
Epigenetics: From Heresy to Fact? by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesDecember 5th, 2013A just-published paper suggests that learned fears can be inherited through multiple generations and adds fuel to the fire of the controversial debate over transgenerational behavioral epigenetics.
Designer Sperm Passes Selected Genes to Future GenerationsGenetic Engineering and Biotechnology NewsDecember 3rd, 2013UK scientists have found a way to insert new genetic material into mouse spermatozoa so that it remains functional after passing through at least three generations.
Fearful Memories Haunt Mouse Descendantsby Ewen CallawayNatureDecember 1st, 2013A provocative study of mice reports that the genetic imprint from traumatic experiences carries through at least two generations.
AquaBounty Facing Environmental Complaint in PanamaThe GuardianNovember 23rd, 2013A company creating GM salmon with the hopes of selling it for human consumption in the U.S. is facing a complaint in Panama alleging that it is in breach of the country’s environmental regulations.
Only Two Genes Maketh the Man... or Mouseby Bob HolmesNew ScientistNovember 21st, 2013The defining genetic feature of maleness, the Y chromosome, contains only two genes that are absolutely essential for male function – at least in mice.
Top 5 Reasons I am Opposed to Cloning Woolly Mammothsby Paul KnoepflerKnoepfler Lab Stem Cell BlogNovember 18th, 2013I have to admit seeing a woolly mammoth, mastodon, or saber tooth tiger would be cool, but such efforts would not be without consequences and most of them would be profoundly negative.
Developing a Fax Machine to Copy Life on Marsby Andrew PollackThe New York TimesNovember 17th, 2013J. Craig Venter wants to detect life on Mars and bring it to Earth using a device called a digital biological converter.
Companies Rush to Build ‘Bio-Factories’ for Medicines, Flavorings and Fuelsby Ariana Eunjung ChaThe Washington PostOctober 24th, 2013"You can now build a cell the same way you might build an app for your iPhone."
What’s That Smell? Exotic Scents Made From Re-engineered Yeastby Andrew PollackThe New York TimesOctober 20th, 2013A powerful form of genetic engineering could revolutionize the production of some of the most sought-after flavors and fragrances, but synthetic biology raises thorny issues.
Regulators Weigh Benefits of ‘Three-Parent’ Fertilization[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Erika Check HaydenNatureOctober 15th, 2013Scientists and other critics say mitochondrial replacement carries safety and ethical concerns.
The Clone Named Dollyby Nicholas WadeThe New York TimesOctober 14th, 2013This week’s Retro Report video tells the story of Dolly the sheep. The Scottish scientists who created her recall the painstaking process of trying to get the experiment to work.
Craig Venter: 'This isn't a fantasy look at the future. We are doing the future'by Zoë CorbynThe GuardianOctober 12th, 2013The scientist dubbed biology's "bad boy" wants to talk about his new book. A reader could be forgiven for thinking it is really aimed at the Nobel prize committee.
Stem Cells Created in Living Miceby Heidi LedfordNatureSeptember 11th, 2013Researchers have reprogrammed adult mouse cells to behave like embryonic stem cells that can take on a wider variety of identities, without removing those cells from their natural environment.
Elementary, My Dear Fluffy: Cat DNA Solves Another Homicideby Alan BoyleNBC NewsAugust 14th, 2013DNA from cat hairs has helped crack a homicide case, demonstrating again the power of genetic pet databases to solve crimes.
A Lab-Grown Burger Gets a Taste Testby Henry FountainThe New York TimesAugust 5th, 2013A hamburger made from bovine stem cells was fried, served and eaten in London in an odd demonstration of one view of the future of food. The $325,000 project was paid for by Google founder Sergey Brin.
U.S. Approves a Label for Meat From Animals Fed a Diet Free of Gene-Modified Productsby Stephanie StromThe New York TimesJune 20th, 2013The Agriculture Department has approved a label for meat and liquid egg products that includes a claim about the absence of genetically engineered products.
Discussing "De-Extinction"by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 5th, 2013A one-day conference, "De-extinction: Ethics, Law & Politics," included advocates of the idea, as well as environmentalists, animal welfare experts and philosophers expressing a range of concerns.
Why Efforts to Bring Extinct Species Back from the Dead Miss the Pointby The EditorsScientific AmericanMay 27th, 2013A "de-extinction" project to revive long-gone species threatens to divert attention from the biodiversity crisis.
Earth Day in Biopoliticsby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesApril 22nd, 2013In honor of Earth Day, let’s hope for a move away from “greenwashed” PR stunts and techno-fixes toward conservation, sustainability, and social responsibility.
Should We Be Trying to Bring Extinct Species Back to Life?by Pete ShanksAlternetApril 8th, 2013Here's a look at greenwashing, guilt-tripping and the politics of "de-extinction."
Cloning, De-extinction, and Possibly Human Applicationsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 29th, 2013Synthetic biologist and entrepreneur George Church and cloning expert Robert Lanza are starting a company to change animal reproduction — and maybe human, too, but they wouldn't say that even if it were true.
Resurrected Mammoths and Dodos? Don't Count on itby David EhrenfeldThe GuardianMarch 23rd, 2013Let's focus on conserving living animals, not on an expensive quest to bring back extinct ones – or some variation of them.
Grocers Won’t Sell Altered Fish, Groups Sayby Andrew PollackThe New York TimesMarch 20th, 2013Several supermarket chains have pledged not to sell what could become the first genetically modified animal to reach the nation’s dinner plates — a salmon engineered to grow about twice as fast as normal.
A Stealthy De-Extinction Startupby Antonio RegaladoMIT Technology ReviewMarch 19th, 2013By reviving lost species, a new company could put a warm and fuzzy face on advanced reproductive engineering.
The Narcissism of De-Extinctionby Hannah WatersScientific AmericanMarch 15th, 2013If people had the ability to resurrect extinct species and reintroduce them to the wild, should we direct our energy and resources towards it?
Potentially Endless Line of Mice Clonedby Tanya LewisNBC NewsMarch 8th, 2013Japanese researchers have created a potentially endless line of mice cloned from other cloned mice, with no accumulated abnormalities.
Major Grocer to Label Foods With Gene-Modified Contentby Stephanie StromThe New York TimesMarch 8th, 2013Whole Foods Market will become the first US retailer to require labeling of all genetically modified foods sold in its stores, a move that some experts said could radically alter the food industry.
Cloning All Over Again: Reviving the Idea of Re-creating Speciesby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 7th, 2013An environmentalist-turned-techno-enthusiast, a synthetic biology champion, and a cloning expert are teaming up to promote what they call "de-extinction."
Should Cloning be Used for “De-Extinction”? by John R. PlattScientific AmericanMarch 6th, 2013Scientists are working on ways to revive species like the wooly mammoth, raising thorny ethical questions.
Connecting the Neural Dotsby John MarkoffThe New York TimesFebruary 25th, 2013In setting the nation on a course to map the active human brain, President Obama may have picked a challenge even more daunting than ending the war in Afghanistan or finding common ground with his Republican opponents.
Mice Fall Short as Test Subjects for Humans’ Deadly Illsby Gina KolataThe New York TimesFebruary 11th, 2013Researchers report evidence that the mouse model has been totally misleading for at least three major killers — sepsis, burns and trauma. As a result, years and billions of dollars have been wasted following false leads.
Neanderthal Clone Poll Finds Most Americans Oppose Cloning Human Relative by Emily SwansonHuffington PostJanuary 30th, 2013Most Americans are opposed to allowing any scientist to attempt such a feat - with or without a human surrogate.
Neo Neanderthal[With CGS's Pete Shanks]by Alyona MinkovskiHuffPost LiveJanuary 25th, 2013A leading geneticist at Harvard Medical School says he can clone a Neanderthal and resurrect the extinct species. What are the ethical issues, risks and benefits?
George Church on Neanderthal Clones and Designer Babies by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 23rd, 2013George Church now says that he doesn't advocate cloning a Neanderthal with a human surrogate. Here's some context.
Wanted: Adventurous Surrogate to Gestate Neanderthal Baby [updated]by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 19th, 2013George Church speculates about an "adventurous female human" willing to be impregnated with a synthetically constructed and genetically engineered Neanderthal-like clone.
Interview with George Church: Can Neanderthals Be Brought Back from the Dead?by Philip Bethge and Johann GrolleDer SpiegelJanuary 18th, 2013The English translation of the interview in which George Church of Harvard University explains how genetic technology and synthetic biology might permit the creation of a Neanderthal-like clone that could be gestated by a woman.
"Adventurous Female Human" Needed to Give Birth to NeandertalGenome WebJanuary 17th, 2013Harvard's George Church on recreating Neandertals, engineering humans to live to 120, making people resistant to viruses, and exchanging DNA with other species.
A Rebuttal to Mark Lynas’ GMO Reversalby Jason MarkEarth Island JournalJanuary 11th, 2013Organic farmer, writer, and environmental policy advocate delves into Lynas' rationale for turning pro-GMO and finds scientific, environmental, economic, and social reasons not to agree.
Eric Hoffman on a Very Discreet Newcomer: Synthetic Biologyby Eric HoffmanA World of ScienceJanuary 11th, 2013An interview on the dangers of synthetic biology published in UNESCO's Natural Sciences Sector's quarterly journal.
Safety of Induced Stem Cells Gets a Boostby Monya BakerNatureJanuary 9th, 2013A new paper could renew hopes of turning a patient’s own cells into perfectly matched replacement tissues, though differences in methodology between the study and clinical practice have left some eager for more proof.
Tell the FDA: No Genetically Modified Salmonby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 2nd, 2013The FDA released a "Preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact" about a modified Atlantic salmon, but invites comments before a final decision.
Biotech's 10 Biggest PR Disasters of 2012GMWatchDecember 31st, 20122012 was the year the lights came up on the biotech industry. Its claims, its tactics and its products all came under scrutiny and some of its biggest PR fairytales bit the dust. Here are some prime examples.
FDA Moves Closer to Approval of GMO Fish, Critics Outragedby Carey GillamReutersDecember 21st, 2012A controversial genetically engineered salmon has moved a step closer to the consumer's dining table after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the fish didn't appear likely to pose a threat.
With Animals Under Threat, Brazilian Team Aims to Clone 8 Wild Speciesby Jenny BarchfieldThe Washington PostNovember 15th, 2012Cloning can’t be a substitute for protecting endangered animals, but Brazilian researchers are turning to it nonetheless to help offset the perilous decline of several animal species.
E.U. Patents on Transgenic Chimps Challengedby Kai KupferschmidtScience InsiderNovember 13th, 2012Animal rights activists in Germany are contesting three patents on genetically engineered chimpanzees granted this year by the European Patent Office.
Patents for Genetically Engineered Chimps 'Perverse'by Daniel MasonPublic Service EuropeOctober 22nd, 2012A coalition of European public interest groups brands three patents for genetically engineered chimpanzees "perverse."
Got Hypoallergenic Milk? Noby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 3rd, 2012Scientists have created a genetically modified cow that produces milk without a specific protein that may cause allergic reactions. But their achievement has been badly misrepresented, since its milk does contain higher levels of another allergenic protein.
Researcher Pushes to Clone Extinct MammothThe Korea TimesSeptember 24th, 2012A South Korean bioengineering lab has been given exclusive rights to study Siberian woolly mammoth remains; Hwang Woo-suk will lead a cloning attempt.
The Reunion - Dolly the Sheepby Sue MacGregorBBCSeptember 24th, 2012Five people involved in creating Dolly discuss the impact of their breakthrough in a radio interview.
Another Commercial for Dog Cloningby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 25th, 2012A TV network seems to be attempting a proof of PT Barnum's famous proposition.
A New Technique for Human Genetic Modification?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 1st, 2012Chinese scientists have developed a new way to reproduce genetically modified mice, and are already speculating about human applications.
Genetic April Foolery on NPR and in The Economistby Osagie K. ObasogieBiopolitical TimesApril 5th, 2012The mainstream media is increasingly getting into the April Fools game. This year featured at least two established news organizations suddenly finding a sense of humor and using genetic technologies to, at least for one day, betray their loyal readers’ trust.
Should You Be Able to Clone Your Pet?by Pete ShanksJunior ScholasticFebruary 27th, 2012In a debate with the CEO of a livestock-cloning company, Pete Shanks argues that pet cloning is a cruel deception that should not be allowed.
First Cloned Pet Turns 10by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 15th, 2012The first cloned cat was announced 10 years ago this week, but her birth did not herald a successful industry.
Synthetic Biology and the Rise of the 'Spider-Goats'by Adam RutherfordThe Guardian [UK]January 14th, 2012"Synthetic organisms at this point should not be out there in the environment; they shouldn't be out there in industry. That's irresponsible and inappropriate."
Dog Cloning Infomercial on TVby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 12th, 2012A soft-focus TV documentary downplayed the practical realities of dog cloning in favor of kooky-human dramas
New Buzz around Biological Hazardsby Emily BeitiksBiopolical TimesNovember 1st, 2011Recent reports highlight emerging biological engineering risks that might not be all that different from threats of bioterrorism, though the context of development surely differs.
Hwang Clones Coyotes, Scores Headlinesby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 19th, 2011Disgraced South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-Suk continues his efforts at rehabilitation by cloning endangered coyotes.
Disgraced S Korean Cloner Hwang Back with Coyote ClaimBBC NewsOctober 17th, 2011Disgraced South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk, who fabricated research on human embryos, claims to have cloned coyotes for the first time.
Which Came First the Chicken or the Dinosaur?...Think Againby Emily BeitiksBiopolical TimesOctober 12th, 2011Paleontologist John Horner wants to create a living dinosaur by “reverse evolving” the chicken.
Of Dogs, Clones and Rick Perry[Quotes Biopolitical Times' Pete Shanks]by John FarrellForbesSeptember 30th, 2011There's one dog cloning company in the world - and it's the same company that was involved in generating the stem cells Texas Governor Rick Perry had injected into his spine this past July.
Cats as Experimental Animals for Human Diseasesby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesSeptember 15th, 2011Genetically modified cats have been created, partly in the hopes of advancing AIDS research.
Yet Another Idea for Using Biotechnology to Rescue Endangered Speciesby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesSeptember 8th, 2011Scientists have reprogrammed skin cells from two endangered species into stem cells, and hope to use them to generate gametes, which has provoked press speculation.
New GeneWatch Issue: Bioengineering Animalsby Emily StehrBiopolitical TimesJune 8th, 2011The new issue of GeneWatch explores the ethics of designing animals' traits.
Gallup Poll: Cloning Still Unpopularby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 1st, 2011The annual Gallup survey of opinion on moral issues shows continuing strong opposition to reproductive cloning.
Forensic DNA databases — without prior arrestby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesApril 12th, 2011Potential offenders, never arrested or even individually identified as suspicious, are now being required to provide the authorities in at least two European towns a sample of their (canine) DNA.
Gene of the Week: Christianityby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesApril 1st, 2011Gay scientists are reported to have isolate the 'Christian gene' and to have successfully removed it from experimental rats.
EU talks over cloned meat collapseby Alistair DriverFarmers GuardianMarch 29th, 2011EU talks on the regulation of food from cloned animals have collapsed again, leaving the issue clouded in doubt.
EU institutions clash over animal cloning regulationsby Jennifer RankinEuropeanVoice.comMarch 24th, 2011Only days are left to break the cloning deadlock, while Members of Parliament demand a ban on food from offspring of clones.
What is it about people who want to clone dogs?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 9th, 2011Another eccentric character is paying $310,000 to have two dogs cloned in Korea.
Animal death toll ends cloning trials [New Zealand]by Kiran ChugThe Dominion PostFebruary 21st, 2011Although cloning trials will no longer be conducted, AgResearch will continue to develop transgenic cattle, sheep and goats.
Pigging out on genetically modified porkby Christina StevensGlobal NewsJanuary 24th, 2011Genetically engineered pork may one day become a part of your local grocer's food list. But who's to decide whether or not this product should be on the shelves?
Dog, Inc.: A Book About Peopleby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 11th, 2011A new book about dog cloning offers a deadpan description of the people involved.
Researchers produce two-father mice babies, and bait the hype trap by Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesDecember 14th, 2010Scientists fuel sensationalist speculation about reproductive methods for gay families.
UK rejects EC proposal over temporary ban on cloned animalsby Rory HarringtonDairyReporter.comDecember 6th, 2010Any move by the European Commission to introduce a temporary ban on the use of cloned animals for food would not be justified on food safety grounds, the UK Government has said.
Europeans Want Regulation for Biotechby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesNovember 18th, 2010The latest Eurobarometer report on biotechnology shows that Europeans, in general, support medical uses of technology as long as they are carefully regulated.
Clone zone: Bringing extinct animals back from the dead[United Kingdom]by Rebecca MorelleBBC News October 29th, 2010However, the technology is not without its critics.
EU exec proposes ban on animal cloning for food by Charlie DunmoreReuters UKOctober 19th, 2010A European Commission report cited ethical concerns over the industrial production of cloned meat.
DNA Is New Weapon In Fight Against Dogfightingby Amy StandenNPR Morning EditionSeptember 27th, 2010The dog database makes some people very nervous...."We know that if DNA was the be all and end all, all of Secretariats' foals would be champions and win the Triple Crown. And they don't."
You're looking swell, Dolly, but no human copies, please [United Kingdom]by Roger Highfieldwatoday.comAugust 21st, 2010The creator of the world's first cloned sheep says cloning a person would be utterly irresponsible.
Time to Clean Up After Cloning Cattleby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesAugust 17th, 2010The USDA is still committed to promoting livestock cloning, but recent bad publicity makes it clear that the technology remains unpopular, unnecessary, and unethical.
Medicine, not food, may have more to gain from cloning [Quoting CGS's Pete Shanks]by Rick BarrettMilwaukee Journal Sentinel August 14th, 2010The cloning of animals may have come from agriculture, but its real promise may be in the lucrative field of medicine rather than as food.
Cloned beef in food chain spreads alarm in Britainby Raphael G. SatterAssociated PressAugust 4th, 2010News that meat and milk from the offspring of cloned cattle — illegal to sell in without proper authorization — may have made their way into the food chain has set hands wringing in the UK.
European Parliament Seeks Ban on Foods From Cloned Animalsby James KanterNew York TimesJuly 7th, 2010The proposed ban is the latest sign of concern about the safety and ethics of new food technologies.
Zoo plans to bring rare animals back from the dead by Peter AldhousNew ScientistJune 30th, 2010Researchers describe how they have created induced pluripotent stem cells from the frozen cells of an endangered monkey.
"Splice" is an Infertile Hybridby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 8th, 2010The movie Splice is neither deep enough to be interesting nor shocking enough to succeed as horror.
60 Minutes on “Resurrecting the Extinct”by Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesJune 2nd, 201060 Minutes re-aired a story about using cloning techniques to resurrect extinct animals like the mammoth and to save endangered species.
Tragedy on the Pharmby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 24th, 2010Cows genetically modified to produce human follicle stimulating hormone died unexpectedly from vastly enlarged ovaries, unleashing a storm of controversy in New Zealand.
Mutant cows die in GM trialMutant cows die in GM trialby Eloise Gibson New Zealand HeraldMay 1st, 2010Cows which had been genetically modified to produce human follicle stimulating hormone to be used in fertility treatments died due to enlarged ovaries.
Horse cloning sparks debate in America's breeding stablesThe TelegraphApril 8th, 2010Horse lovers are increasingly turning to cloning, but the practice has sparked debate among breeders.
Scientists plan human genes for cows, goatsby Eloise GibsonNew Zealand HeraldFebruary 27th, 2010A proposal to put human genes into goats, sheep and cows will be in the public spotlight in New Zealand next week.
Caveat Emptorby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 24th, 2010Allerca Lifestyle Pets, the company that claims to sell hypoallergenic cats, may not be out of business after all, but it may be in trouble.
The "Medical" Justification for Re-creating Neanderthalsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 16th, 2010"Should We Clone Neanderthals?" asks an article in Archaeology magazine.
Hwang Tries for a Comebackby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 5th, 2010Hwang Woo-Suk is making active efforts to salvage his reputation, and to reestablish himself as a force in science.
Two More "Lazarus" Projectsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 3rd, 2010Genomics is being used in attempts to revive both the Aurochs and a species of Galápagos tortoise.
Is it right to pay women for their eggs?by Clare MurphyBBC NewsDecember 9th, 2009The UK fertility regulator is considering offering more generous compensation to egg and sperm donors
Hot Air and Cat Hypeby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesDecember 3rd, 2009Allerca Lifestyle Pets is getting out of the hypoallergenic cat business - if it was ever really in it.
Welcome to the Clone Farmby Karl PlumeReutersNovember 13th, 2009Government approvals of meat from cloned animals have stirred controversy about whether tinkering with nature is safe, or even ethical, prompting major food companies to swear off food products from cloned animals. But consumers are likely already eating meat and drinking milk from the offspring of clones without even knowing it.
Hwang is Convictedby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 27th, 2009Hwang Woo-Suk, the notorious Korean stem-cell and cloning researcher, was given a suspended two-year prison sentence and three years of probation by a Seoul court on Monday.
Cloning for Kicksby Pete ShanksGeneWatch (Sep-Oct 2009)The enthusiasm for cloning animals has survived the failure of the technique to develop as once expected.
'Octomom' doctor expelled from fertility groupby Rita RubinUSA TodayOctober 18th, 2009The "octomom"'s doctor has been expelled from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the main infertility professional organization.
Strange New World[Book Review]by Jeanette WintersonThe New York TimesSeptember 20th, 2009Margaret Atwood's new novel, "The Year of the Flood," takes place in the same bioengineered world as her 2003 work of speculative fiction, "Oryx and Crake."
Monkeys, Mitochondria, and the Human Germline by Jesse ReynoldsBioethics ForumSeptember 18th, 2009The researchers into radically novel techniques display an alarmingly casual attitude toward risks to the potential children born, the difficulties and dangers of obtaining the large numbers of the required women's eggs, and the potentially dire social consequences of human inheritable genetic modification.
Lou Hawthorne Quitsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesSeptember 18th, 2009BioArts, the successor to Genetic Savings and Clone, has stopped selling dog clones.
Korean Cloning Updateby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesSeptember 3rd, 2009A cloned wolf has died mysteriously, and other news from Korea.
First Cloned Wolf Found Dead at Zooby Bae Ji-sookKorea TimesSeptember 1st, 2009The world's first cloned wolf was found dead last Saturday at Seoul Grand Park, South Korea.
Endangered Jeju Cattle Clonedby Kim Tong-hyungKorea TimesAugust 31st, 2009South Korean scientists Monday reported a surviving clone of an endangered cattle species native to Jeju Island.
Researchers Combine Monkey DNA From Two Mothers in One Egg[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Rob SteinWashington PostAugust 26th, 2009Scientists have produced monkeys with eggs and some genetic material from two mothers, an advance would raise a host of safety, legal, ethical and social questions if attempted in people.
Furry Mathby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesAugust 21st, 2009The South Korean biotechnology company RNL Bio has just made a substantial commitment to commercial dog cloning.
Dog Cloning Center to Open Next Yearby Kim Tong-hyungKorea TimesAugust 13th, 2009A South Korea-based biotech firm plans to open a research center for canine cloning early next year.
Would you like them with a mouse?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesAugust 3rd, 2009Japanese scientists report that mice have (almost) been fooled into making mammoth eggs.
Patriotic Puppies -- and a Prize!by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 23rd, 2009Another pet-cloning company emerges, with the same principals and the same gimmicks.
Transgenic Mice: Human, All Too Human?by Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJune 3rd, 2009How human must a humanized animal be before we begin to worry? What if our experimental creatures begin to display some degree of human consciousness? And once we're worried, what do we do?
Monkey see, monkey glow[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Tom AbateGlobal PostJune 2nd, 2009Altered primates bring inherited genetic modification closer to humans.
Suze Orman Approves Dog Cloning. Reluctantly.by Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesJune 2nd, 2009Orman’s niche is to use plain-spoken common sense to berate people into saving money, investing conservatively, and living within their means. Which is why she had such a hard time with a call-in viewer who wanted to spend $100,000 on cloning his dog.
Modified Marmoset in the Mediaby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesMay 29th, 2009American media coverage of genetically modified primates was remarkably thin, and few articles mentioned social and ethical implications
Glowing Green Monkeys Illustrate Important but Controversial Advanceby Rob SteinWashington PostMay 28th, 2009Scientists have created the first genetically modified monkeys that can pass their new genetic attributes to their offspring
Public interest group urges caution in response to genetically modified primatesCenter for Genetics and Society calls for scientists, policymakers to reject human inheritable genetic modificationMay 27th, 2009The Center for Genetics and Society today said that the creation of a transgenic marmoset underlines the need for scientists and policy makers to reject human inheritable genetic modification.
Fertility Drug Makes the Big Leaguesby Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesMay 9th, 2009The suspension of LA Dodgers' Manny Ramirez sheds light on how hormonal drugs for egg collection are used.
National Geographic’s Mammoth Cloning Fantasyby Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesApril 30th, 2009National Geographic promotes the idea of "resurrecting" the extinct woolly mammoth via cloning without discussing the technical or ethical issues involved.
Pig Patents Provoke Protests in Germanyby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesApril 24th, 2009A street protest outside the European Patent Office in Munich highlights concerns about the patenting of animals.
Fluorescent puppy is world's first transgenic dog by Ewen CallawayNew ScientistApril 23rd, 2009Five beagles who produce a fluorescent protein are the world's first transgenic dogs.
Answering Questions With Questionsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesApril 23rd, 2009The future of genomics is now the subject of serious debate, with enormous implications for genomic medicine.
The Onion: Nothing to fear from giant crabsby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesMarch 23rd, 2009The Onion, which bills itself as the "World's Finest News Source," has a hilarious video "news" segment on giant, genetically engineered crabs
The Neanderthal campaignby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 19th, 2009Controversy about the idea of using genetic and cloning techniques in an effort to re-create Neanderthals.
There's no success like failure ...by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 6th, 2009Another attempt to clone an extinct species has failed, but been widely hailed as a success. Many more have been and are being considered.
Human Genetic Diseases in Dogs?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 5th, 2009Dog cloning is a means to an end, say those who are selling it. Human-dog experimental chimeras are a more significant goal than pet replacement.
Reviving Extinct Speciesby Margaret MunroCanWest News ServiceFebruary 2nd, 2009"Just because we might be able to do it one day, should we do it?"
An industry-funded "awareness" campaignby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJanuary 30th, 2009The American Fertility Association has launched a public awareness campaign. Will it drum up business for its corporate sponsors?
Pet cloning: Best friends reunited by Tom de CastellaTelegraphJanuary 21st, 2009For the super-rich who can’t face losing a beloved dog, there is a genetically engineered solution. But at what ethical cost?
Cloned tigers tipped to be "freak shows"by Loretta JohnstonThe Examiner (Australia)January 15th, 2009Cloned Tasmanian tigers would be "freak shows" in captivity, a Tasmanian wildlife biologist said yesterday.
Drug from genetically engineered goats a firstby Ricardo Alonso-ZaldivarAssociated PressJanuary 7th, 2009An drug made from the milk of genetically engineered goats moved closer to US government approval.
And the Band Played Onby Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesJanuary 3rd, 2009In this time of economic recession, many companies selling luxury goods are having a hard time making the case to consumers that their services are still worthy of premium prices. The pet cloning company BioArts has tried to maintain interest in its service – which can run tens of thousands of dollars per cloned animal – through working the media.
Bizarre Cloners and Serious Questionsby Marcy DarnovskyWhat's New in Life Science ResearchDecember 10th, 2008Obligatory puns notwithstanding, cloning - of humans, animals, and embryos for stem cells - is no laughing matter.
Regenerating a Mammoth for $10 Million by Nicholas WadeNew York TimesNovember 20th, 2008Scientists are talking for the first time about the old idea of resurrecting extinct species as if this staple of science fiction is a realistic possibility
Scientists hope to clone extinct speciesCNNNovember 4th, 2008Scientists have produced clones of mice that have been dead and frozen for 16 years
Cloned animals should not be farmed for food, say consumersby Sean PoulterDaily MailOctober 9th, 2008Cloned animals and their offspring should not be farmed for food according to the overwhelming majority of consumers, an EU study has revealed.
FDA to review genetically engineered farm animalsAssociated PressSeptember 18th, 2008The government said it will start considering proposals to sell genetically engineered animals as food.
Canada: Are we already dining on clones?by Alex RoslinMontreal GazetteSeptember 6th, 2008Canadians may have been consuming food from clones for years without knowing it, despite a Health Canada ban.
EU lawmakers call for European ban on cloned meatAssociated PressSeptember 3rd, 2008EU lawmakers called Wednesday for an EU-wide ban on meat from cloned animals, claiming that they may be less healthy than other animals.
Clones' Offspring May Be in Food Supply: FDAOfficials Say It Is 'Theoretically Possible' That Americans Already Eating Cloned Meatby Christopher DoeringReutersSeptember 2nd, 2008Food and milk from the offspring of cloned animals may have entered the U.S. food supply, the U.S. government said on Tuesday, but it would be impossible to know because there is no difference between cloned and conventional products.
Cloned Puppies: Sure, They're Cute, But at What Cost?by Brandon KeimWiredAugust 19th, 2008Wired's Brandon Keim asks, for every successfully cloned animal thrust into the spotlight, how many failures were quietly ushered out of sight?
The Strange Saga of "Bernann" McKinneyby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesAugust 14th, 2008The story of the first happy customer of RNL Bio's new pet dog cloning service is almost too outlandish to mock. But while cloning certainly seems to attract more than its share of eccentrics, a dismissal is inappropriate.
Geron, Exeter Affiliates Merge to Create Livestock Cloning ShopGenomeWebAugust 12th, 2008Geron and Exeter Life Sciences said today that Start Licensing, a joint venture between the two firms, and ViaGen, a subsidiary of Exeter, have merged to form a new entity that will focus on animal cloning.
The True Believerby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJuly 24th, 2008Michael West remains a man on a mission -- immortality.
Cloning Canine Patriotism?by Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJuly 11th, 2008Hwang Woo Suk's dog cloning company is running online auctions and a "Golden Clone Giveaway" essay contest. Fortunately, the media are mostly ignoring the hype.
Muslims not prepared to declare cloning 'halal'Philippine Daily InquirerJune 26th, 2008Philippine's Muslim clerics and food experts said they were not yet prepared to adopt a ruling on whether or not to declare as "halal," which means permissible or lawful, experimental animal cloning.
Back From the Dead: What Dog Cloning Means for Our Human Futureby Osagie K. ObasogieAlternetJune 16th, 2008Brought to you by BioArts International, a Northern California biotech startup, man and his dead best friend can now be, as the company's marketing slogan states, "Best Friends Again." And again. And again . . .
Willy Wonka and the cloning factoryby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJune 5th, 2008Is Lou Hawthorne biotech's Willy Wonka?
Dog Cloning and Intellectual Propertyby Marcy Darnovsky and Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJune 5th, 2008In the minor flurry of stories last month about an on-line auction of dog cloning services, the issue of intellectual property was completely overlooked. That’s too bad, since the cloning business, like so many others, is best understood by following the money.
Toward Jurassic Parkby Lynda HurstThe StarMay 31st, 2008The genetic footprints of the most threatened species are now being collected by the world's first DNA bank dedicated exclusively to endangered animals.
UK Scientists to Combine Human, Animal Embryos[Interviews CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]CNN Headline NewsMay 21st, 2008CNN's Glenn Beck on cybrids.
Company offers to clone dogs of highest bidders in auction[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Marcus WohlsenAssociated PressMay 21st, 2008Commercial dog cloning by Hwang Woo-suk, who scandalized the international scientific community in 2005.
Cloning Man's Best Friend: How Far Would You Go to Keep Fido?[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Miguel Marquez, Ariane Nalty, and Imaeyen IbangaGood Morning AmericaMay 21st, 2008ABC's nationally televised morning news and entertainment show had a segment on renewed efforts to clone pet dogs for profit.
Commercial dog cloning is more than just cute puppiesPublic interest groups cite concerns about potential human reproductive cloning and involvement of disgraced cloning researcher Woo Suk HwangMay 21st, 2008Three public interest and environmental groups are strongly criticizing a just-announced commercial dog cloning service.
South Korea's Disgraced Scientist Goes Into Pet-Cloning BusinessAssociated PressMay 14th, 2008Disgraced South Korean stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk has set up a bio-technology firm specializing in cloning pet animals, a scientist close to Hwang said Wednesday.
Cloning Alternative May Help Save White Rhinoby Roger HighfieldTelegraphApril 18th, 2008A novel kind of reproduction is to be used to help save one of the world's rarest animals - the northern white rhino - which is on the brink of extinction. The idea is to create cells from a white rhino and blend them with the embryos of a close cousin, the southern white rhino, to create an interspecies chimera.
Cloning may help Scottish wildcats survive by Ian JohnstonTelegraphMarch 30th, 2008Britain's wildest animal could be cloned to save the species from becoming extinct within 10 years.
Should Biotech Piggy Go to Market?by Rebecca ClarrenSalon.comMarch 29th, 2008Consumer advocates worry that the FDA is throwing open the barn door too quickly to genetically engineered animals
Toles on Meat Recallby Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesMarch 3rd, 2008
A Day Late and a Dollar Shortby Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesFebruary 22nd, 2008A question following the largest beef recall in American history: Why on earth has the FDA approved meat produced by cloning?
Cloning Critics Split [PDF][Quotes CGS's Richard Hayes]by Neil MunroNational JournalFebruary 2nd, 2008Concern about cloning animals doesn't overlap with stances on human cloning.
First animal-human embryo trials to go aheadby Mark HendersonThe Times (UK)January 17th, 2008Experiments to create Britain's first embryos that merge human and animal material will begin within months after a Government watchdog today approved two research teams to carry out the controversial work.
USDA Recommends That Food From Clones Stay Off the Marketby Rick WeissWashington PostJanuary 16th, 2008The U.S. Department of Agriculture yesterday asked U.S. farmers to keep their cloned animals off the market indefinitely even as Food and Drug Administration officials announced that food from cloned livestock is safe to eat.
Cloned Livestock Poised To Receive FDA Clearanceby Jane Zhang, John Miller, and Lauren EtterWall Street JournalJanuary 4th, 2008After more than six years of wrestling with the question of whether meat and milk from them are safe to eat, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to declare as early as next week that they are.
Human Cloning Isn’t Monkey Businessby Osagie K. ObasogieGenetic CrossroadsNovember 29th, 2007Rarely have science, politics, and international diplomacy converged as intensely as they have over the past few days.
Dolly creator Prof Ian Wilmut shuns cloningby Roger HighfieldUK TelegraphNovember 16th, 2007Prof Ian Wilmut's decision to turn his back on "therapeutic cloning", just days after US researchers announced a breakthrough in the cloning of primates, will send shockwaves through the scientific establishment.
Monkey Cloning Raises Troubling Questions Unconnected to the Status of EmbryosLegislation is needed to prohibit reproductive cloning and reduce risks to women who provide eggs November 15th, 2007The apparent monkey cloning success at the Oregon National Primate Research Center gives new urgency to important social and safety issues raised by cloning-based stem cell research using human tissues, said the Center for Genetics and Society, a public interest organization.
Will Genetic Engineering Save Us From Ourselves? by Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesNovember 14th, 2007Japanese researchers have used genetic engineering to produce mice with altered olfactory senses. This obscures their ability to pick up on cat odors that instinctively suggest danger, allowing these mice to cozy up comfortably with their newfound feline friends without trepidation.
Now, store stem cells of your pets in DubaiKhaleej TimesNovember 12th, 2007"Pet owners in Dubai can now store stem cells of their favourite animals and get them reused at a later stage for regenerative purposes in cases of injury or sickness."
Scientists Report Cloning Monkey Embryosby Roger HighfieldThe Telegraph (UK)November 12th, 2007A U.S. research facility has reported the ability to create cloned embryos from adult monkeys.
Cat-and-mouse game driven by smell of fearby Roger HighfieldUK TelegraphNovember 7th, 2007A mouse has befriended its mortal enemy, the cat, after scientists used genetic methods to tinker with its response to the smell of fear.
Cloning may be Horse Racing's Next Horizonby Mike BrunkerMSNBCOctober 26th, 2007Industry won't embrace it, but some experts say it's key to sport's future
The Nobel Prize and the New Eugenicsby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesOctober 9th, 2007Not mentioned in the award announcement or media coverage of it are new Nobelist Mario Capecchi’s views on the future use of these techniques to produce transgenic human beings. In short, Capecchi is on record embracing the idea.
Food from Cloned AnimalsA Bait and Switch?by Osagie K. Obasogie and Pete ShanksSan Francisco Chronicle October 5th, 2007Californians should be allowed to know what they're eating. That's why Gov. Schwarzenegger should sign SB63, requiring food from cloned animals to be labeled. But there are other reasons to go slow on this unproven technology.
A State Bill Passes, a Federal One Stallsby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesSeptember 14th, 2007A California bill that would require the labeling of meat or dairy produced from cloned animals has passed the state Legislature. Meanwhile, a federal bill to permit generic biotechnology medicines has stalled again.
Fourth-generation pig cloned in JapanAssociated PressAugust 8th, 2007A Japanese geneticist said Wednesday his research team created the world’s first fourth-generation cloned pig, an achievement that could help scientists in medical and other research.
China clones world's first rabbit from somatic cellsThe HinduJuly 24th, 2007China has cloned the world's first rabbit from the somatic cells of the animal, allowing faster reproduction of genetically modified rabbits for medical use, the state media reported today.
Nope, That’s Not a Hairy Elephantby Nicholas WadeNew York TimesCan the long-extinct mammoth be resurrected through the alchemy of modern biology?
Scientists Use Skin To Create Stem Cellsby Rick WeissWashington PostJune 7th, 2007Three teams of scientists said yesterday they had coaxed ordinary mouse skin cells to become what are effectively embryonic stem cells without creating or destroying embryos in the process
Turning off gene makes mice smarterMSNBCMay 28th, 2007Finding could lead to new treatments for Alzheimer's, scientists say.
Cloning: Scientists vs. Consumersby Pallavi GogoiMSNBCMay 7th, 2007Thousands of consumers have voiced their opposition to cloned foods. Scientists dismiss them as "Luddites"
Controversial S. Korean paper on wolf cloning removed from science magazine's Web siteThe HankyorehApril 12th, 2007An international science journal on Wednesday deleted a paper on wolf cloning by South Korean researchers from its Web site amid scrutiny of the paper over alleged data fabrication.
S. Korean wolf cloning team under investigationReutersApril 10th, 2007Suspected ‘data inflation’ to increase cloning success rate
Pushing the Chimeric Envelopeby Osagie K. ObasogieBiopolitical TimesMarch 30th, 2007It was reported this week that Esmail Zanjani at the University of Nevada has created the first human-sheep chimera, with 15% human cells.
Group blasts FDA plan to allow food from clonesby Christopher DoeringReutersMarch 22nd, 2007The Center for Food Safety's report said the FDA's risk assessment of food from cloned animals used data that was "selectively reported to fit predetermined conclusions" and relied heavily on unpublished data from two cloning companies.
One-parent embryos: A step ahead in stem cellsby Marie McCulloughPhiladelphia InquirerMarch 10th, 2007University of Pennsylvania researchers have stretched the definition even further. In studies with mice, they created embryos using genetic material from only one parent - either a mother or a father.
Ten years after Dolly, where cloning's goingby Faye FlamSeattle TimesMarch 9th, 2007Months before the FDA's December announcement that meat from cloned animals is safe to eat, employees at Cyagra were carving into cloned steaks several times a week.
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