September 29, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

star wars clones

1 min read

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how the future of human reproduction might be very different from today’s reality due to recent technological advances including cloning. Things like human cloning (the reproductive, “Star Wars” kind) and human genetic modification seem very real now. It feels almost imminent in a sense compared to the milleenia of the “old fashioned” natural way of making babies. I find this technology both fascinating as a scientist and also mind-blowing as a science writer. In fact, I’ve become so …Read More

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Cloning of animals is becoming a big, global business. It turns out that this reproductive cloning of animals goes well beyond making duplicates of pets for sentimental customers at $100,000 a copy. Cloning of livestock by agribusinesses is becoming fairly common. Some are also trying to de-extinct woolly mammoths by cloning too, something that I oppose (see top 5 reasons why it might be a really bad idea) even though admittedly it sounds pretty cool. More broadly, factory-scale production of copied animals is an expanding business. …Read More