September 29, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Wooly Mammoths

3 min read

De-extinction is big right now and some of the extinct target creatures are big too like the woolly mammoth. “Let’s bring back these extinct creatures”, say proponents. Wouldn’t it be cool? I 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. Cloning mammoths, for example, would be a selfish act of hubris by humans. Still a team has been working to make …Read More

6 min read

Envision biting into a warm juicy burger with all the trimmings. If you are a burger fan, your mouth may already be watering. If you are a vegetarian or animal welfare advocate, however, you might be rather disturbed by this imagery. Now imagine that as you are still chewing a bite of that same burger the server tells you that this beef burger was grown in a plastic dish in a stem cell lab. No cow involved! Would you have a beef with such …Read More