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NATURE: Attack of the (Bee) Clones

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When hives of the African lowland honeybee (Apis mellifera scutella) collapse, they do so because of an invisible inner threat: the growing, immortal clone army of a rival bee subspecies. That army is possible because the female workers of the rival subspecies — the South African Cape honeybee (Apis mellifera capensis) — can create perfect copies of themselves, with one individual found to have done so millions of times in the past three decades. With this perpetual-cloning ability, the Cape honeybees sneak into the hives of their lowland honeybee rivals and churn out copy after copy (no need for a … Read more

SCIENCE: One Step Closer to Cloning Humans

monkey clones

For the first time, researchers have used the cloning method that produced Dolly the sheep to create two healthy monkeys, bringing science an important step closer to being able to do the same with humans. Since Dolly’s birth in 1996, scientists have cloned nearly two dozen kinds of mammals, including dogs, cats, pigs, cows and polo ponies, and have also created human embryos with this method. But until now, they have been unable to make babies this way in primates, the category that includes monkeys, apes and people. “The barrier of cloning primate species is now overcome,” declared Muming Poo … Read more

Discussion: I Need a Clone


Today’s discussion topic comes from QSFer Shira Anthony. We all have too much work on our plates. Many of us work at least one other job besides writing. And yet, we manage to find time to get most of it done. But what if you could have a clone – someone who thinks, looks and acts just like you – to share the workload? Would it help? Would it be creepy? Exciting? if you are gay or lesbian, would it open up… other possibilities? Let’s go a little crazy and talk cloning. Come join the conversation.